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Premlanka Hotel
Dickwella Beach, Southern Sri Lanka

Sri Lankan Elephants:

Photo: Wild Elephants near Trincomalee.
Wild Elephants near Trincomalee.

There are still many wild herds of elephants in Sri Lanka. To see a herd in its natural environment is indeed a wonderful sight, very different from seeing domesticated ones.

Several excursions from Dickwella may be made to visit Elephant reserves and can be either part of a day trip or of longer Safari.

This wild herd can often been seen from the road to Trincomalee; Other wild herds can be seen at Bundala (near Hambantota, about 2 hours from Dickwella) Udawalla (Ratnapura District) or Yalla National Park (about 3 hours away)

Temple Elephants

Many Temples have their own elephants, but one Jungle Temple near Kataragama has its own special Poya Day pilgrim: Every Poya Day (Full Moon Day), he comes in from the surrounding Jungle.

Devout Wild Elephant
Wild Elephant Arriving...
Devout Wild Elephant Bathing
... and Taking a Bath.


Wild Elephant Drinking
Drinks from the Monks Water Tank...
Wild Elephant calling on Head Monk
... and Calls on the Head Monk.

View from Mulkirigala Temple.
... He Expects the Head Monk to Feed Him!

Rajah of Kataragama Temple

Rajah is the chief elephant at Kataragama Temple. Like many Temple elephants, he came to the Temple from the elephant orphanage near Kandy. Every day, his keepers take him to bathe in the Holy River at Kataragama.

YouTube video: Rajah, Kataragama Temple Elephant, washing & dressing himself

YouTube video: Rajah, Kataragama Temple Elephant, 'praying' at temple shrines

Dickwella is a coastal market town, between Matara and Tangalle; Sometimes spelt Dikwella or Dikwalle; Also called Dikwella South.

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