This is our latest tour-joined with Amazing Lanka who provide tours with Russian translation across the country. The route took us from Hikkaduwa, to Pinnawala Elephant orphanage, Sigiriya to Dambulla the next day, and Kandy. There they saw kandyan dancing and tooth temple The botanical garden and the Hindu temple in Matale. Our final stop was Ramboda for the waterfalls.
Pinnawala Elephant orphanage was Established in 1975 to protect and care for elephants found orphaned in the jungle. In 1982 they began a captive breeding program from which over 20 elephants have since been born. There is a schedule each day, starting with bottle-feeding the baby elephants, after which the whole herd is taken to the river to bathe which is a totally breath-taking sight.
Sri Muthumariamman Thevasthanam temple in Matale was our next destination. It is known for some colourful chariots located here and is a site first built as an idol of the goddess Mariamman, by workers from the South of India.