Elephant Pass


Sentries at Elephant Pass. Photograph©Chulie de Silva

 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.

Does it really lead to a Rest House? Photograph©Chulie de Silva

The lone deminer. Photograph©Chulie de Silva

Haunting beauty of Elephant Pass. Photograph©Chulie de Silva

 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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5 thoughts on “Elephant Pass

  1. Haunting beauty is the perfect description of Elephant Pass; you picked the perfect day to photograph it. So glad you shared pictures and comments.

  2. Chulie, serene pix, so far from everything that happened here. I remember the spikes just below the pretty aqua water and as you note, the wind, relentless but not cooling. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Chulie, Though I was with you during this photo shoot, I haven’t seen this beauty through my naked eyes which you captured in your lenses.

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