After researching we decided to visit this project for the full day and it was a fabulous experience. This project only allows a small number of visitors each day and as a result you get a close up experience of the elephants daily activities. The single elephant when we went was named Nilame, but sometimes the project has 2 elephants, and the elephant is free of any chains except in its pen at night.
On arrival we were greeted with a warm welcome by the hosts before we went to meet Nilame. The activities included walking, feeding,water hosing and bathing, and all of the visitors got the opportunity to get involved in the activities. We also got to help prepare lunch and a lesson on cooking Sri Lankan curry in the hosts kitchen. Then a delicious lunch with the other guests (only 6 including ourselves on the day). After lunch we visited the elephant dung shop where paper is made from the dung then last on the days agenda was a visit to a local school where the lovely polite students (age range 5 to 23) learning to speak English were happy to converse with us in English.
This was indoubtably the highlight of our holiday in Sri Lanka and the hosts were very welcoming and nice.More
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