We landed early morning and asked our driver to drive us here before heading to our accommodation in habarana. I wish we hadn't bothered.
Plenty of other opportunities in Sri Lanka to see happy and healthy elephants. The elephants at the orphanige seemed stir crazy with not enough space. Apparently once rescued from the wild they are looked after and not released back to the wild. Instead they are kept at the orphanige to attract tourists.
The feeding time of two seemingly healthy baby elephants was actually a little upsetting to watch as the crowd pushed forward to have a go and the elephants were paraded up and down.