|Capital||Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte|
|Population||Approximately 21 million|
|Average temperature||27° - 31°C (81° - 88°F)|
|Currency||Sri Lankan Rupee (LKR)|
|Languages spoken||Sinhalese, Tamil and English|
Among the green hills of Kegalle, about 50 miles, 85km from Colombo on the road to Kandy in the hill country, a herd of about 75 elephants roam free in the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage. This popular attraction, established as a sanctuary covering 25 acres of lush forest by the Sri Lankan Government in 1975, is unique. Its purpose is to feed, nurse and house young elephants lost or abandoned by their mothers.
Originally founded in order to afford care and protection to orphaned elephants found in the jungles of Sri Lanka, in which it aims to stimulate a natural habitat to elephants.