Kegalle is an interesting town located between Colombo and Kandy in central highlands of Sri Lanka. The town itself is fascinatingly located at the bottom of a steep rock face. The surrounding area produces graphite, precious stones and agricultural products such as rice. Kegalle has an agricultural based economy and the cultivation of rubber has spread over most of the area. Minor export crops such as coffee, cocoa, pepper, clove and nutmeg also take an important place in the economy of the District. Nearby is the Pinnawala elephant orphanage where tourists can visit on day excursions to photograph, feed and watch the elephants bathe and play in the nearby river. It is a major tourist attraction which never disappoints. Next door rests a zoological garden where visitors can spend a relaxing day, enjoying the beauty of nature. It is an ideal location for a family holiday to Sri Lanka due to its rich cultural and environmental background.
Things to do in Kegalle
- Visit the Pinnewala Elephant Sanctuary
- Volunteer or experience to take care of orphaned elephants
- Visit the Henerathgoda Botanical gardens