The small paradise Island of Sri Lanka is full of elephants where ever you visit. So we took this long journey to Kataragama temple knowing that we will encounter some elephants on the road that are famous for being tall and mobile, sometimes unfair toll booths. Our destination was the Kataragama temple as well as to offer our prayers. A lot of people travel here to offer prayers and other ways of offerings to the “Kataragama Deviyo.”
From a distance, this scenery started to appear about a tall elephant standing on the road. For a first-timer, this view is scary, and of course, it is not safe to get close to a wild elephant at all. ELephants may look humble and kind, but if you get close, you will not get a chance to see another day.
This elephant is a massively tall friendly elephant in the region. Even when this elephant is not a tusker, it is still highly respected and protected by the people in this the area. Probably one of those elephants that receive all the food in the world. We took our cameras with us to record a few of the encounters that happen with the locals and the foreigners.
Many people who visit the Kataragama temple also visit other areas around the region for a complete experience, and they are all kind and generous to offer food to our beloved Sri Lankan elephants who are considered to be a national treasure. In this situation, you can see many people even offering fruits they transport for their businesses around the region that sells fruits to travelers.
If you ever visit the beautiful island of Sri Lanka, make sure to visit the Kataragama temple to gain blessings from the Kataragama Deviyo. You can also find more elephants in some locations mentioned below if you are up for a complete experience to witness the wilds and the elephants of the island.
Pinnawala Elephant site.
Yala National Park.
Sinharaja National Park.
We humbly invite you to join us with a journey full of love and help to our treasured wild elephants in the paradise island of Sri Lanka.
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