While exploring Sri Lanka, it is impossible not to allocate time to observing elephants, main symbol of the country, admired, revered and protected through generations. Their historic importance can be followed in the Buddhist temples, the museums dedicated to them, the enormous amount of literature and the list can continue. Elephants are all over the country, and whether you have a chance encounter on your way, or you visit them on safaris (Udawalawe, Minneriya, Kaudulla), to the Orphanage of Pinnawalla or the Udawalawe Transit Home it is entirely up to you.