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Sravan Boda


Sravan's 5 days trip to Kandy

Hi,We have booked our package for Srilanka through Driver/guide Mr.Sisira Kumar is very friendly,informative and jovial. Driving skills are very good. Even at the ghat roads of NuweraEllia, he drove with utmost care and experience. We highly recommend him for the trip to Srilanka with tr

ips.lkOur trip coordinator Mr.Damitha has also done a good job in planning the trip as per our customizations.Suggestion: Pls do a weather forecast for the customers stay at the time of trip planning so that they don't miss any important places due to bad weather. For example we missed dolphin and whale watching which is very important place to visit due to cyclone.


Sindy John


Sindy's 6 days trip to Kandy

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The trip was nothing short of magical, very well planned n organized. The agent was forthcoming n available for all support. the driver was very well versed with the ghats n a safe driver. the hotels cod hav been better but the ones we stayed in were pretty decent. Overall it was a wonde

rful experience and northeast is just a must do on any bucket list. The garden of caves was just a phenomenal place loved the adventure.


Malay Mitra

New delhi

Malay's 6 days trip to Kandy

I am very happy with the Srilankan agent Travco and and they took good care of me throughout. The Chauffeur?guide was excellent and was eager to help us whenever needed. I would recommend them to anyone travelling to Srilanka.

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Jeetu Bhagtani


Jeetu's 6 days trip to Kandy

I must accept the fact here that before proceeding on this trip I was a bit worried due to ongoing situation out there and what I have been seeing and reading in media but when I landed in there it was one of best holidays I have ever had.I should say that if anybody wants to visit Sri Lanka and t

hey are sceptical about it due to ongoing situation there so they must be rest assured that tourism is not at all affected in there and all tourism activities are going on without any interruption.I found Sri Lanka as a place where people are so nice and generous and whatever the protests are going on are only against the government and are more or less peaceful.And for the people who are worrying about fuel and electricity so I must tell them that they should not be worrying about it since I noticed fuel is only an issue in Colombo and the more you go inside the country the problem is not that much, Evan I saw so many fuel stations in Nuwara Eliya and Yala with hardly any queues and whenever there is a power cut, the hotels are well equipped with backup generators with fuel.Now coming to my point to point experience.I must say that Mr. Prasanna is so professional and he arranged everything for us and we did not require to worry about anything.Also, special mention to our driver Mr. Bandara who is a gem of a person and is a very humble and polite guy. He was always on time and his driving skills are the best.Hotels in Colombo and Yala could have been better as both the hotels doesn't fit into the category of 4 or 5 star as per my understanding.Hotels in Kandy and Bentota were the best.Overall it was a fantastic experience visiting Sri Lanka and I would recommend every one to visit this beautiful country once in their lifetime.Thanks


Debjani Brahmachari


Debjani's 16 days trip to Kandy

Thank you for the service provided. Travel agent Ms,Chamodi is superb in her work. Very good communication, have lots of patience to deal with travellers & try to accommodate the needs of the travellers. Very good at person & we r happy that we choose her as our travel agent. Keep it up dear Chamodi

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& best wishes for her future. Our driver Mr. Samson was also very good. Clean & hygiene maintained in the car properly through out the journey. Good driving skill & well versed with the roads. Polite in behaviour. We all r extremely happy & very much satisfied with Samson. We r humbled by his gesture. Keep it up Samson & all the best for ur future. Overall we r satisfied with the service provider. Thank u all. Stay safe & healthy.


Jinal Shah


Jinal's 7 days trip to Kandy

Ashok from Amara was of great help.. even with all the issues in the country he made sure everything was well arranged. The driver Rohit and guide pradeep were also very nice and well informed. Overall a great tripI will give zero ratings to Travel triangle.. they are horrible at responding.

Sreejan's 6 days trip to Kandy

***The Good Experience***1. Prasanna helped us plan the trip, he is a humble person, and always available to clear our queries. 2. The driver Shanuka was also good, can speak english well and was helpful. 3. All the hotels were good , however in the bentota hotel, we faced some power problem duri

ng day time as they had limited diesel and wanted to use it at night for backup. 4. Even though there were large queues at petrol pump, since we were international tourists, we were given priority and did not had to wait much during refueling. Overall the trip well well except the below bad experience.***The Bad Experience***1. Our 100 USD got stolen, and is most likely by the boat driver of Madhu Ganga Boat Safari at Mangrove Cave Hotel. We have strong reason to believe so, as he made us stop at buddha temple island even though it was not an official stop, asking us to keep the handbag in boat which we wanted to keep with us, then going back to boat with our slippers when we were in temple. He also had other foreign currencies like INR, when we asked the source, he didn't say anything. We realized this next day, otherwise we could have confronted.I would recommend to never take tourists to Mangrove Cave Hotel for boat safari, instead take them to some other operator.2. We had difficulty in getting the remaining LKR exchanged at airport for USD, as given the crisis, limited exchanges were having USD and they were asking for receipt of USD to LKR exchange (which we didn't had). After many requests one exchange agreed to exchange our LKR for EUR. Would recommend tourists to always exchange from a authorized exchange and keep the receipt securely. ***Overall Experience***I will still give SHA travels a 5 star rating as trip was largely well managed and hotels were good. I would like more tourists to visit Sri Lanka with a broader mind and help them revive their economy




Varun's 9 days trip to Kandy

Sana Kasim, no good person, minting money. We need to decide on places, who are you?

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Yeshmail's 9 days trip to Kandy

The travel agent provided all required information and made it easy for us to take travel decision.They were at the airport to receive us and handover the currency and simcards.The driver and cab provided were good. However at the fag end of the trip the driver was in a hurry to go home and did n

ot encourage us to cover more places. May be because of the fuel crisis there


Find out the opening hours of the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage.? ›

Map of Elephant Orphanage

How do I get to Pinnawala? ›

By Train: The nearest railway station to the Pinnawala elephant sanctuary is the Polgahawela station. The trains towards Pinnawala start from 8:30 am in the morning and go on till 8:50 pm in the evening. The journey by train takes nearly 2 hours but also lets you lie down and relax on the way to the destination.

What is the name of the largest elephant orphanage in the world? ›


Can you wash elephants in Sri Lanka? ›

Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

Visitors at Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage can watch the elephants roam freely about, bathe and frolic in the river, which is usually at 10 AM and 2 PM. Occasionally, they can also observe the calves being bottle-fed, or even feed the elephants themselves.

When can you see elephants in Sri Lanka? ›

Your best chances are during the dry season of May to September, where elephants are drawn to riverbeds, however, there are elephants here all year round and because the park is quite small and open, there is always a very good chance you'll spot a wild Sri Lankan elephant.

How many elephants are there in Pinnawala? ›

Located in the village of Pinnawala, halfway between the city of Colombo and the ancient kingdom of Kandy, the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (PEO) is an orphanage, nursery and breeding ground for nearly 100 elephants.

Which province is Pinnawala? ›

Pinnawala is a village in Kegalle District of Sri Lanka and is around 90 km from the capital, Colombo.

What is the best elephant charity? ›

The best charities for protecting elephants include Elephant Voices, Save the Elephants, the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, and the International Elephant Foundation. These have helped to provide a safe habitat for elephants, protect them from poaching and human conflicts, and grow back their numbers.

Is Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage cruel? ›

Nature is nature and the only reason these elephants were chained was that they were placed in unnatural habitats which would cause them to act that way. I've heard many people use the excuse that these elephants are chained to protect others elephants but I just feel that isn't right. In fact, it's cruel.

What is the penalty for killing an elephant in Sri Lanka? ›

The Sri Lankan elephant population has fallen almost 65% since the turn of the 19th century. Today, the Sri Lanka elephant is protected under the Sri Lankan law and killing one carries the death penalty.

What should you not do around elephants? ›

Do not block them, cut off their escape route, or come between a mother and calf. Allow them a clear path away from the area. Never park your car over any elephant footpaths leading off from the road. Keep an eye on both sides and the rear of the vehicle for approaching elephants.

What time of day are elephants active? ›

Elephants are crepuscular—they typically sleep during the day and are most active at dawn and dusk.

Where are the wandering elephants now 2022? ›

What happened after that? According to the National Forestry and Grassland Administration (NFGA), the elephants remain in the nature reserve, and all are in a good state.

Which is the best month to visit Sri Lanka? ›

Generally, the best time to visit the west and south coasts as well as the Cultural Triangle is between December and April, while on the east coast the climate is at its finest from May through to October.

Where is the largest herd of elephants? ›

Chobe National Park, Botswana

Housing the largest population of elephants in the world, Chobe is an easy selection if you're interested in viewing “eles” in massive groups.

How much does an elephant cost in Sri Lanka? ›

This conservative analysis indicates that each wild elephant in Sri Lanka is worth close to Rs 4.5 million, or USD 27,000.

What are the 3 big animals in Sri Lanka? ›

The Blue Whale, the biggest animal which has ever lived on the planet. The Sperm Whale, the biggest toothed whale species in the world. The leopard, the biggest cat in Sri Lanka, the third biggest in Asia and the top predator in Sri Lanka. The Asian Elephant, the biggest terrestrial mammal in Asia.

Why is Kandy famous? ›

Known as a pilgrimage destination for the Temple of the Tooth Relic (a sacred tooth of the Buddha), a listed UNESCO World Heritage Site, Kandy is a sacred city, due to the importance and spiritual significance of this temple.

What is the most populated province in Sri Lanka? ›

Western Province is the most densely populated province in the country and is home to the legislative capital Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte as well as to Colombo, the nation's administrative and business center. 1st (28.73% of total pop.)

What is the largest province in Sri Lanka? ›

Provincial council is the main administrative and control body of the North Central Province which is the largest province in the country covered 16% of total country's land area. It consists two districts called Polonnaruwa and Anuradhapure; Anuradhapure is the largest district in the country.

How do you book an elephant orphanage? ›

Contact Us using the orange Enquiry button below to arrange a private visit here. You may also opt to for Nairobi City Tour - Visit Elephant Orphanage & Giraffe Center or combine with Nairobi National Park Safari Tour and a stop for lunch at a charming restaurant in the same area.

What is the best animal charity to donate to UK? ›

RSPCA is one of the best known UK animal charities around, perhaps because it is the world's oldest animal welfare charity. Each day, the organisation answers 3,000 calls regarding animal welfare, cruelty and neglect, taking in over 240 animals and working tirelessly to give them a better quality of life.

Is elephant good for memory? ›

In fact, elephant brains contain as many cortical neurons as human brains and have larger pyramidal neurons (specialized neurons thought to play a key role in cognitive functions) than do humans, suggesting that elephants might have learning and memory skills superior to ours.

Do elephants really afraid of mice? ›

Theories abound that elephants are afraid of mice because the tiny creatures nibble on their feet or can climb up into their trunks. However, there's no evidence to back up either of those claims.

Is it true that elephants really afraid of mice? ›

Zookeepers have reported seeing mice in and around elephants' hay. They say this doesn't seem to bother the elephants at all. In fact, some elephants don't even seem to mind mice crawling on their faces and trunks. Elephant experts will tell you that elephants have no reason to be afraid of mice.

How much does it cost to rescue an elephant? ›

By adopting an elephant with a donation of $50 or more, you become a partner in The Sanctuary's efforts to provide the gift of home, herd, rest, refuge, and individualized care for life.

Where can I touch an elephant in UK? ›

Woburn Safari Park is the only place in the UK you can enjoy getting this close to these majestic animals.
Please note: The location of the Elephant Encounter may change due to weather conditions or other unforeseen circumstances.
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How much is the entrance to elephant Sanctuary? ›

Entry Ticket For Elephant Jungle Sanctuary, Chiang Mai

You may book a full-day tour comprising transfers to and fro your accommodation and jungle activities. And, the price for Elephant Jungle Sanctuary full-day tour costs 2400 Baht, i.e. INR 5256 for adults, while 1800 Baht.

Which is the most beautiful elephant in the world? ›

( c. 1977) also written as Pampady Rajan is the most beautiful elephant in Kerala.
Pampadi Rajan.
Pampady Rajan
SpeciesElephas maximus (Asian Elephant)
Nation fromIndia
Known forThrissur pooram
OwnerShobit M Thomas
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Can you hold hands in Sri Lanka? ›

Social etiquette tips in Sri Lanka

Public displays of affection (PDA), such as kissing and/or hugging, may be frowned upon. In Sri Lanka, PDA is considered to be private behavior. Holding hands and affection between parents and their children are allowed. Public nudity is illegal in Sri Lanka.

Is it painful for elephants to be ridden? ›

You might see many articles that say riding elephants does not hurt the elephants. However, this is false. Many of the riding elephants we have rescued have spine problems and terrible wounds on their backs from carrying heavy loads.

Is riding an elephant cruel? ›

But the truth is, riding elephants should be avoided. In the US, organizations, including the Humane Society of the US and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, are against riding elephants because of the abuse the animals undergo when they are taught to carry people, as well as safety concerns.

What is an elephant most afraid of? ›

Elephants are afraid of bees. Let that sink in for a second. The largest animal on land is so terrified of a tiny insect that it will flap its ears, stir up dust and make noises when it hears the buzz of a beehive. Of course a bee's stinger can't penetrate the thick hide of an elephant.

Do elephants like to be touched? ›

Fear, domination, and pain cause the elephants to follow the trainers' commands to let people ride, feed, touch, or bathe them. It isn't safe for humans to make direct contact with elephants—getting too close can be deadly.

Do elephants like being petted? ›

Social beasts—humans, elephants, chimps, dogs, and cats—seem to enjoy being caressed.

Can elephants smell you? ›

Elephants have 2,000 genes for smell, the most of any animal on Earth—more than twice those of the domestic dog and five times more than those of humans, according to a 2014 study in the journal Genome Research.

Do elephants forgive and forget? ›

From Episode 5 | Battle Lines | Ravaged by civil conflict, the park's elephants are wary. An elephant doesn't forget, but, in time, perhaps they can forgive. Elephant expert Joyce Poole meets the main matriarch, Provocadora, of Gorongosa's elephant family.

Can elephants bite? ›

Elephants Don't Typically Bite, But Mosquitoes Do!

How do you get to Marissa in Sri Lanka? ›

If you're leaving from Colombo, you can take a train to the nearby stations of Weligama or Matara. From there, it's just a short tuk-tuk ride away to Mirissa. If you are entering Sri Lanka, you will need to provide proof of onward travel. However, instead of buying a pricey ticket, you can get an onward ticket here.

Is whale watching in Mirissa worth it? ›

It is an incredible experience and we would recommend everybody to add Mirissa to your Sri Lanka route. Sri Lanka is known as one of the best places in the world to spot blue whales, and we can't disagree! Whale watching is one of the top things to do in Mirissa and is very popular.

Is Mirissa worth? ›

You see most of the beaches along the coastline from Mirissa to Unawatuna are right next to the main road. If that doesn't bother you then there would be a few to check out. Also worth a mention is Weligama Beach which is known for the first time surfers so if you're into that then could be worth a visit.

Can you swim at Mirissa beach? ›

Mirissa has width sandy beach, one of the most beautiful beaches of Sri Lanka, suitable for swimming.

Are Sri Lankans from India? ›

The fact of the matter is that India and Sri Lanka are two different countries. They are characterized by different languages, traditions, foods, peoples and cultures. Besides the obvious geographic differences, India and Sri Lanka are distinguished by their differing populations.

Is Kandy worth visiting in Sri Lanka? ›

Things to do in Kandy

They're the ones you really shouldn't miss if you do visit this incredible city! The Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, a Buddhist temple, is located in Kandy. Legend has it that this beautiful temple was built around the Buddha's tooth, which was gifted to the Sri Lanka monarchy way back when.

What is famous in Colombo for shopping? ›

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  • Colombo City Centre. 112. Shopping Malls. ...
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  • House of Fashion. 218. ...
  • Arcade Independence Square. 193.


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