Believed to be originally performed by Indian shamans who came to the island many centuries ago, Kandyan dancing is a celebration of the rich traditions of Sri Lankan culture. The dance which traces its origin from the ancient ritual known as the Kohomba Kapkariya, focuses on dynamism, powerful footwork, leaps, and whirls that imitate several movements from birds and animals. The whole performance is graced by colorful costumes, masked dances, and thrilling fire acts! To make the show more exciting, some men perform a series of acrobats and stunts such as plate-spinning.
Departing from your hotel in Kandy, your wonderful day of adventure with the largest captive herd of elephants in the world begins when you reach Pinnawala and you're given the opportunity to feed the elephants of the orphanage. This immense herd once had numbers over 10,000 back in 2011, and you will be able to see how the orphanage cares for all these elephants. The institution is a combined orphanage, nursery, and captive breeding earth for Asian elephants as they try to increase their numbers.