Your Visit / Volunteer Experience
We offer an intimate elephant encounter which is suitable for young and old, active and relax. Almost all we do is centred around our two adorable elephants Sujee (nearly 6) and Washtu (almost 4).
Your day starts by cleaning the elephant beds the enclosure and help with feeding. This is followed by joining the elephants on their daily morning walk as it is vitally important for them to get plenty of exercise. After our tea break we help out in the eco-garden or learn how to cook authentic Sri Lankan food. From here we can see the elephants enjoy a wash and swim in the lovely cool river.
After lunchtime, tuition in English is usually given to the staff which is then followed by various stimulating enrichment games for the elephants. Every week, on a Tuesday, time is also spent for educational activities with the local children. Part of the daily routine is for the elephants to be washed in the river in the afternoon before being returned to the enclosure where they are observed playing until sunset. Then it’s time to relax and enjoy the evening meal.
Visitors staying the night are made to feel very welcome by our wonderful host family whose home is next to the elephant enclosure.
We have 2 rooms for our visitors with en-suite Western bathroom. At the end of a heart-warming and most enjoyable day with the elephants, there is nothing better than a cool, refreshing shower before dinner.
All activities are done at your leisure and if you'd rather sit back, relax and simply enjoy watching Sujee and Wasthu being elephants, that is no problem either.
We offer aditional activities and excursions such as yoga classes, river tubing and trips to interesting must see places both world famous and off the beaten track.