Buddhist Places and Elephant Safaris
Trip Start Dec 23, 2007
267Trip End Ongoing
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dagabas, ponds, caves, stupas, statues, and a view from 3000 BC! Not much else to say really, just one of those places you have to experience for yourself!
After descending the 1000 feet of Buddhist hillside, we continued on toward Habarana. Here is a place famous for having many wild elephants, most notably they roam Kaudulla and Mineriya national parks, but as these two parks were flooded the elephants had made their way to Eco Park. Mahinda and I hopped in a jeep and were off on safari! The park is a natural habitat having not only elephants, but many bird species, water buffalo, cows, etc. As the day passed and we wound our way through the reserve we came across three different herds of wild eles. One herd was rather large, with at least 12 elephants making there way through the habitat. After having seen elephants chained up, made to perform, and controlled by spikes (US, Thailand, India), it was quite nice to witness them strolling freely in search of mass quantities of food!