The Elephant Transit Home in Udawalawe is the foster home of young elephants of different age and size.
These great animals have been found injured or left abandoned in the wilderness.
We see them being fed, but from a distance that will allow the young elephants not to be to used to human beings.
As the elephants when they are ready, will be released into the wildernes of Udawalawe National Park.
Unfortunately humans are the elephants worst enemy, and it is therefore in the best interest of the elephant babies that only their care givers come to close.
We at Fernando Tours really appreciate that the care of the elephants comes before care of the tourists.
Please note that there is a small entrance fee to The Elephant Transit Home.
Pigeon Island is one of Sri Lanka’s two marine national parks.
The reef here is shallow, making snorkeling almost as satisfying as diving. It is home to dozens of corals, hundreds of reef fish incl. blacktip reef sharks and turtles.
To make the most out of Your trip to Pigeon Island, bring fins and mask for snorkeling. Snorkeling gear can also be hired from the boat.
Please note there is an entrance fee and tickets for boat hire.
If you are in a good shape you can climb the 5.200 steps to the top of Adams Peak.
The place is known to be where Adam’s first sets foot on earth after being cast out of heaven.
There are two tracks on the mountain leading to the Foot print af Adam, one called the Baba track & the other the Mama track, meaning Adam & Eve. The Mama track is easy and is the route by which the pilgrims return, but anyone who goes by that way is not considered to have made the pilgrimage at all. The Baba track is difficult & stiff climbing.
Fernando Tours recommends only the Mama track to our guest.
Climbing starts around midnight, so You will reach the top before sunrise.
Bring a sweater it can be very cold at the top, waiting for the sun to rise.
Adams Peak is locally known as Sri Pada.
Please note foreigners will have to pay a fee to climb Adam’s Peak.
Beware of crocodiles and huge water monitors as you cruise down the beautiful Madu Ganga River in a small boat.
Visit Cinnamon Island and buy the tasty cinnamon right where it is grown. (Bring cash if You want to purchase cinnamon)
Please note You will need tickets for the boat hire.
Udawalawe National Park offers the most reliable elephant spotting in Sri Lanka.
With around 500 wild elephants present, masses of birds and a good chance
for spotted deer, water buffaloes, wild boars and crocodiles.
There are a few leopards in this park, but they are rarely seen and we must be very lucky to spot them.
A jeep safari is the only way to enter Udawalawe National Park.
The jeep safari begins either in the early morning, or in the afternoon where the animals comes out of the bushes due to the falling temperature.
Close to Udawalawe National Park is The Elephant Transit Home wich we like very much at Fernando Tours.
Best time to visit: year-round
Please note there is an entrance fee to Udawalawe National Park, and some expenses for jeep hire.