The Sadhava’s Cargo
What did the sadhavas carry in their magnificent boats? Historical evidence suggests the cargo consisted of ivory, textiles, precious stones, rice and betel nuts among other items. Elephants from Odisha were in great demand in Sri Lanka. It means our ancients were skilled at taming wild elephants and had boats strong enough to transport the heavy animal. They brought back precious metals such as gold and silver, pearls, spices and silk.