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Elephants in Sri Lanka used to attract USA, Europe, Australia, Japanese and Chinese Tourists towards here. These large animals can be seen here in the Wild, National Parks and Orphanages. There are nearly 6,000 of them are wandering in this Island. Also they take important part in the Religious processing ceremonies of the Buddhist religion. These processions are called as Perahera and used to take place in the nights only. The biggest one is the Kandy Perahera where more than 100 trained Elephants take part in the parade with best clothe coverings and lighting made with small electric bulbs. To view the Kandy Perahera you have to contact your travel agent to book you flight for the right time, hotel and good seating to view the event in a happy mood with your friends or family. Seating around the Kandy Perahera procession route may be differently priced and there are places where you can witness the procession for free. The event is held in the night time only. There are lot of Perahera procession with elephants used to take place in Sri Lanka. The Second popular Perahera used to take place in Colombo as "Gangaramaya Navam Maha Perahera".
Some staff of the elephant Orphanages in Sri Lanka used to allow the visiting tourists to feed the young ones with milk during the feeding times. In return the happy tourists used to present some money to the orphanage worker. Don't try to feed wild elephants or other domestic elephants yourself alone. Even if you want to feed domesticated elephants, it should be done along with the Elephant's Mahout. Elephants used to cool their body heat, by swinging their ears, where the blood become cool and return back to their body. So don't try to hold their swinging ears.
In Some parts of Sri Lanka, owners of the elephants used to allow foreign tourists to ride on their elephants back for a small fee. Most local people don't recommend these rides. It is the choice of the visiting tourists to get a ride on an Elephant or just to watch them taking other people. Before venturing on an elephant ride, check the youtube.com videos on elephant rides.
There many National Parks in Sri Lanka where you can witness these wild elephants from specially made observation jeeps (Safari Jeeps) from distance. In the Kaudulla National Park in Habarana area, between the months of August and December you can watch lot of elephants. They "Gather" near to Kaudulla Reservoir, to drink water and to play in the water. Some time you can see the large males fighting here to dominate their leader position. They used to be locked with their long tusks for hours. Minneriya is another place where you can see elephants gathers for food and water. Udawalawe National Park, Yala National Park and some other less popular National Parks are available for the tourists to view the wild elephants. In Sinhala "Aliya Enava" means Elephant is coming.
Motorcycles are available for rental in Sri Lanka for the visiting tourists. They must have good experience in driving a motorcycle and must have their own country rider license.
There is special one for those riders who want to tour Sri Lanka on wheels. They are fitted with specially made bag carriers where it can hold bags on side wise and in the back.
Once you are in Sri Lanka it is a best opportunity to hire a Tuk Tuk with a driver and three of you can travel comfortably in it and to make top tour of Sri Lanka in it with your friends.
Tourists visiting Sri Lanka for holidays are required to have visitor visas in their passports except for those passport holders from Singapore, Maldives and Seychelles.
Visiting Backpackers can enjoy their trip to Sri Lanka as Tourism Development Authority provide tourist accommodation to the budget travelers.
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