“Hiriwadunna is a paradise for cat lovers like me,” says travel blogger Laurel Robbins.
The first kitty she encountered during her Hiriwadunna Village Trek tour was on an onion farm. “Hiriwadunna is a village of approximately 2500 people. While I can't say that cows outnumber people here, I can say that onions do. And if you happen to be one of the cats living there, you have the added bonus of always having toys to play with!”
Laurel encountered another cat on after climbing a coconut tree. “As we dug into our coconut milk straight from the coconut, I learned that cats love coconut milk! This guy couldn’t get enough!”
But it was only when Laurel met the cats that live with an elephant scarer, that she knew that Hiriwadunna is a paradise for cat lovers (In case you're wondering, an elephant scarer is a farmer who prevents elephants from decimating the crop by standing guard all night in a watch tower and yelling when any elephants approach).
The Hiriwadunna Village Trek benefits the surrounding communities by providing self-employment and partnership opportunities.
Check out Laurel's travel blog Monkeys and Mountains for travel stories and pictures.