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Pinnawala

The main attraction in Pinnawala is undoubtedly its elephant orphanage. Once a remote set of coconut plantations, the orphanage has changed the look and purpose of this small village, where an abundance of fresh water from the rivers helps create an ideal habitat for the nearly 100 elephants that call this place home. Visitors can observing the daily routine in the sanctuary, with the elephants congregating in the river to bathe and play, and staff members bottle-feeding the elephant calves reared on site. Plan how to spend your time in Pinnawala and other destinations in Sri Lanka using our Sri Lanka trip planning tool .
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The number of accommodations available in Pinnawala remains pretty modest, so make sure to book in advance. As you'd expect, lodgings lie very close to the elephant orphanage, with options including rental villas, characterful homestays, and some budget hotels. To the south along the main road (accessible by bus from Pinnawala proper), a couple of hotels provide alternative lodgings if the village fills up. Some visitors opt to stay in Kandy, about an hour to the east and linked to the orphanage by rail and road.
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