Leaving aside the strategic importance of Elephant Pass , I could never think of Elephant Pass without the image of elephants crossing this isthmus. Scholars will tell me otherwise but both the Sinhala name “Alimankade” and Elephant Pass remains in my mind tied up with lumbering elephants.
The salt lakes nearly dried up, the wind howled a thousand stories I didn’t want to hear, not only of elephants of yonder but of battles fought, lives lost. The haunting beauty of the place lingers on in my mind.
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