Stilt fishermen Sri lanka

stilt fishermen sri lanka

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Stilt fishing is often thought to be an ancient form, indigenous to the island. Although the second half may be true, it is far from ancient. Stilt fishing actually developed during WW2, when food was short, and fishing areas were over populated by fishermen. This forced a few creative men to move farther out to sea, first using capsized boats and downed airplanes to perch on whilst they fished in quieter, and richer waters. Soon, they began erecting stilts far from the coastline, using the reefs for elevation and access to larger schools of fish.
Now, of the few genuine stilt fishermen left, most perch much farther out to sea than the posers that sit along the coast line. It seems the tradition is a dying one, unsettled by dwindling fish numbers, thanks to the tsunami, and rising tourists interested in watching. For many fishermen it is simply more financially viable to take money from tourists than actually fishing.
Stilt fishermen Sri lanka beaches sunsets travel photography

Sri Lanka is world famous for its beaches, and you don’t have to travel far on the island to discover why

World travel photos sri lankaSurrounded on all sides by the Indian Ocean, Sri Lanka has plenty of beautiful beaches for you to retreat to when the tropical temperatures get a bit too close for comfort. Beach bums can catch some rays at a quieter beach such as Passekudah Bay, there’s SCUBA diving for all you adventure enthusiasts at Hikkaduwa and party people can make themselves at home on the dancefloors of lively Unawatuna beach. Sandy shores, beautiful views and sumptuous seafood are guaranteed.

Out and about in Sri Lanka

 

 

Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

 

World travel photos sri lanka

World travel photos sri lanka

Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage is an orphanage, nursery and captive breeding ground for wild Asian elephants located at Pinnawala village, 13 km (8.1 mi) northeast of Kegalle town in Sabaragamuwa Province of Sri Lanka. Pinnawala has the largest herd of captive elephants in the world. In 2011, there were 10965 elephants, including 4643 males and 968 females from 3 generations, living in Pinnawala.

The orphanage was founded to care and protect the many orphaned unweaned wild elephants found wandering in and near the forests of Sri Lanka. It was established in 1975 by the Sri Lanka Department of Wildlife

 

The orphanage was established to feed, nurse and house young elephants found abandoned by their mothers. Young elephants sometimes fall into pits and ravines in their quest for water during drought period. Other orphans have been displaced from their wild habitat by development projects or have been found abandoned before weaning, diseased or wounded.

 

World travel photos sri lanka

There are 48 mahouts (handlers) who take care of the elephants. The female and young elephants in Pinnawala range freely as a herd during the day in an area of a few acres. They are herded about .5 km (0.31 mi) twice a day to drink and be bathed in the river. At night, the females are individually chained in stalls. Adult males do some light work such as transporting feed. They are chained and managed individually. Calves born in Pinnawala are not bottle fed, but a few from ETH are kept at Pinnawala and bottle fed as a tourist attraction

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