Srilankan Lunch At Millenium Elephant Foundation near Kandy
Elephants were on my mind the entire time we stayed at Kandy. On our last day here we were scheduled to visit Millenium Elephant Foundation (MEF),walk with the elephants have lunch near Kandy and then drive to Bentota. Since the previous day we missed the Tooth Relic Temple, we did a short ‘run and see as much as you can’detour here and then headed to MEF. Srilanka has only two national highways and road to MEF is narrow, winding with plenty of oncoming traffic. We reached after a ninety minute drive passing quite a few spice gardens and elephant orphanages.
The place is beautiful – lush and green and seeing the deliberate swaying movements of the elephants as they walk, eat and bathe is very calming. You can read all about our wonderful time with Rani the elephant here. A word of warning – there is a strong poop smell near the pond, something my little one kept announcing to the world and also elephants poop a lot. Do look out for Raja a majestic tusker who was in musth while we were there.
I hadn’t given much thought about lunch but as we sat down to eat at the humongous dining table in the beautiful colonial bungalow,I was glad we had opted for the lunch with the elephant walk package (LKR 6000 per person)Before lunch arrived I amused myself by looking at the hundreds of well kept knick knacks, souvenirs, tastefully displayed cutlery and photographs belonging to the Samarasinghe family.
We started with a hearty vegetable soup followed by generous portions of egg salad, pepper potato fry, sauteed beans, shredded cabbage curry, chicken curry, rice and pappadams. You could choose to have a drink from their bar(extra charge)and we opted for a Srilankan lager. For desert we were served fresh fruits and a sesame jaggery toffee roll.
The meal by itself was simple but what made it memorable was the nostalgia seeped ambience and the morning well spent with the elephants.Definitely a place to visit and have lunch near Kandy.
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