This morning, we’ll get a closer look at baby elephants at the Elephant Transit Home, an initiative of the Born Free Foundation. The Transit Home cares for and rehabilitates young elephants that are injured or orphaned in the wild, ensuring a safe place in a natural setting for the elephants become strong again. Once the elephants are ready to survive on their own in the wild, they are radio collared and released into Uda Walawe in small groups.
We’ll visit the Elephant Transit Home at feeding time and watch the elephants from a viewing deck approximately 10 meters away. It’s a great chance to learn more about Sri Lanka’s national animal.
Once feeding is over, continue by vehicle to Bentota, a coastal town packed with ancient legend and colonial history. Along the way, we’ll check out the Old Dutch Fort, also known as Galle Fort, which is renowned as the best-preserved sea fort in South Asia. Overlooking the Bay of Galle, the stone walls of this fortified city were erected in 1588 by the Portuguese. Then, it changed hands to the Dutch, who renovated and improved it throughout the 17th century, initially beginning in 1649. Today, the Archaeological Department of Sri Lanka does an incredible job keeping up this World Heritage Site and living piece of history. Sprawling over a 36-hectare peninsula, the fortress town is bound to surprise you with its unique shops, museums and colonial villas as you ramble through its atmospheric streets and over its seawalls.
Next we’ll switch gears and make a stop at the Galle International Cricket Stadium for a taste of the sporting life in Sri Lanka.
In the afternoon, arrive in Mirissa and check in to your hotel. Feel free to enjoy the rest of the day relaxing on the beach, learning to surf, or trying the other water sports.