Supported by the Born Free Foundation, this complex is a halfway house for orphaned elephants. After rehabilitation, the elephants are released back into the wild, many into the Udawalawe National Park. Although you can’t get up close and personal with the elephants, seeing them at feeding time (from a viewing platform) is still heartwarming and a lot of fun, specially for the kids.
Elephants here are not normally chained at night (unlike at other elephant ‘orphanages’ in Sri Lanka). Over 100 elephants have been rehabilitated at the Elephant Transit Home and subsequently released into the wild. Around 40 or elephants are usually here at any one time. There are also decent information displays where you can learn all about elephants and their ancestors.