Elephant Spotting in Sri Lanka
One exciting thing to do in Sri Lanka is to go elephant spotting. Sri Lanka prides itself with having the highest count of elephants in Asia with close to 6000 animals. The Sri Lankan elephant is a subspecies of the Asian elephant and it is the biggest and darkest one among them.
In Sri Lanka you can see elephants in the Colombo zoo, in one of the orphanages, or in the wild. Elephants are quite intelligent and social animals. They have long memories and take care of each other. When one of them dies, the others mourn. And little ones are protected by the herd members grouping around them.
If you visit the Colombo zoo or one of the orphanages, you are sure to see a lot of elephants, and you have easy access to the venues. In the orphanages you can see them up close, moreover you may be able feed or wash them. If you don’t have a lot of time, the zoo or one of the orphanages are a safe bet. Asian Island can arrange your visit.
If you want to see elephants in the wild, the best time of the year to get see them is from July to November. There are several places where you can spot the magnificent, largest land animal and one of the surest bets of getting to see any is Udawalawe National Park, located in the Southern part of the country, as the park is not that big and the elephants go to the reservoir to drink. By prepared to see herds of them!