VISIT TO SRI LANKA
The people from Sri Lanka are very warm and
friendly. I felt very safe while travelling although there has been
war in the northern part of Sri Lanka for quite some time. The weather
was extremely warm/hot since it is quite close to the equator. There
is little relief from the heat, although many establishments and residences
have ceiling fans and some have air conditioning. There is much to
see and appreciate about Sri Lanka. The coastline is beautiful and
traveling inland offers an array of rolling hills and mountains.
The capital is Colombo, which is along the coastline and Kandy is the inland
city in which to visit/tour.
It is not uncommon to see tourists and local
people gathering around men who train cobras by the sound of a flute-like
instrument. With this group, they had a monkey also who was quite
trained and was able to perform as well.
Elephants are used as work animals in this
part of the world to move heavy loads and various field and farming chores.
The cost of an asian elephant is approximately $18,000. Asian elephants
tend to have smaller ears and generally have the discoloration on their
nose in comparison to the African elephants.
The Vedda people are the indigenous culture
of Sri Lanka. They hunt and eat roots. They do not farm or
do any agriculture but are beginning to due to the influence of modernization.
They live in mud huts and do all of their cooking inside. They carve
figures out of ivory and wood and essentially live in a jungle environment.
They only have 1 wife.
This is the city of Kandy which offers tourists
much to do and see while in the area.
This is the Elephant orphanage just
outside of Kandy. These elephants are fed and cared for over a period
of time and then released in the wild again. Baby elephants are fed
milk by a bottle twice a day. All elephants have a feeding and watering
regiment twice a day for tourists to see.