Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage – A Second Home

The first of its kind, the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage was constructed to provide a safe haven to orphaned elephants during the long civil war in the country.

Image Credit - Connaissance de Ceylan

Image Credit – Connaissance de Ceylan


Established in 1975, the orphanage was designed to provide care and feed abandoned baby elephants that were found in the wild. Since opening its doors to tourism, the funds from which are taken to maintain the orphanage and care for the elephant herd, the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage is a popular tourist attraction.

The park

The park is open for visitors from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm. Visitors are advised not to feed or approach any of the elephants without the presence of a mahout. In Sri Lanka, tours to the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage are easily arranged by agencies such as Connaissance de Ceylan.

The Elephants

Pinnawala is known to have the largest number of captive elephants in the whole world! 3 years ago, the number was 88. The oldest elephant named Kumari was one of the 5 founder elephants.

The River

One of the most fascinating experiences is watching the herd of elephants making their way to the river for a bath. This happens from 10 am to noon and against from 2 pm to 4 pm every day.

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Your Guide to Whale Watching in Mirissa – Every naturalist’s dream

The ocean around Sri Lanka is a habitat for a wide variety of marine life. Whale watching in Mirissa has become a popular holiday activity among many tourists who want to catch a glimpse of these breathtaking creatures of the ocean.


Dschen Reinecke, Sri Lanka-Trincomalee-Pigeon Island, CC BY-SA 3.0

Trincomalee | Image Credit – Dschen Reinecke, CC BY-SA 3.0

Trincomalee Bay, a natural harbour is among the most picturesque, deepest and largest of such harbours in the world. Among whale watching areas in Sri Lanka, Trincomalee has the shortest whale watching season.


Mirissa | Image Credit ; Arian Zwegers Via Wikipedia Commons, CC BY 2.0

Mirissa | Image Credit ; Arian Zwegers Via Wikipedia Commons, CC BY 2.0

The Mirissa whale watching the season from November to April is the longest with the peak being between December and January. Whale watching is a part of Sri Lanka tours organized by popular tour operators such as the Walkers Tours.


The Bar Reef, the largest coral reef in the country is located off Kalpitiya Peninsula 150 km north of Colombo. Whale watching boats can be rented from 80 boat operators trained and approved by the Department of Wildlife, who issue tickets for the trips.

Aerial Whale Watching

Taking a whale watching to new heights is whale watching from the air. This definitely is a more convenient option as there is no getting up at the crack of dawn or undertaking a five to seven hour trip on a crowded boat.

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Unawatuna Beach, Sri Lanka -Catch the Summer Fever in Unawatuna!

Unawatuna Beach

Unawatuna Beach | Dominic DeGrazier , Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)

With such clear, blue waters surrounding its coasts, it’s no surprise that the island nation of Sri Lanka is famous for amazing beaches. The beach is a necessary experience of all kinds of Sri Lanka tours, whether they be adventurous, a family vacation, solo trip or even a wellness retreat. Some beaches are ideal for specific requirements. For example, Arugam Bay in the island’s East Coast is perfect for surfers, both pros and amateurs alike; as its home to a range of great surf breaks. If you talk to a reputed agent the likes of the Sri Lanka Tailor-made, they will guide you to the beach destination that is most suited to your requirements.

But, let’s say you don’t have any specific need and you just want to experience the best of Sri Lanka’s beaches, there is a beach that is just ideal for anybody and everybody from the kids to the adults and that is the Unawatuna Beach!

Where is it? The charming coastal hamlet of Unawatuna lies about 2 hours away from Colombo, one of the two capital cities of Sri Lanka; where the country’s international airport is located in. You can travel to Unawatuna or “Una” as it is lovingly called; either through the scenic coastal Galle Road or the much quicker Southern Expressway. You can choose to do a one-day trip to Una or you could get a much better experience by staying at one of the many resorts huddled along the beach.

Once you’ve reached Unawatuna here are things that you could try out.

Diving & Snorkelling

Una is famous for its gorgeous coral reefs so trying out diving and snorkelling is a must. A boat ride of about 20-30 minutes will take you to a dive site consisting of a range of ship wrecks including the once-illustrious ‘Rangoon’ a British vessel sunk 100 years ago!

Jungle Beach

One of the most exquisite beaches in Unawatuna and the country overall. Jungle Beach is situated about 4 kilometres away from Una, and you need to trek through a little bit of a forest to get to the beach, hence the name. Its got a really cool reef as well.

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