Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Pinnawala

Visit Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage and witness the daily life of its pachyderm residents. Meet the rescued or abandoned elephants of all ages, see them play and bathe in the river, and watch the youngest of the herd being bottle-fed. You can help wash an elephant, feed them their daily fruit portions, or take photos with them, but a tip for their carer will probably be expected. Put Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage into our Pinnawala vacation planning site to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Pinnawala.
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  • I have visited this Orphanage 2 weeks ago (May 2018) The tour bus took us from our hotel in Main Colombo and ride took about 2hr-2.5hrs. We have visited the Elephant place for 20minutes and 10min elep...  more »
  • The Elephant orphanage was on out list to do, but with a little nervousness due to the varying reports. However these nerves were soon dissipated, as you enter the orphanage there are education boards...  more »
  • We are travelling in a group and were only unsure whether we really should visit the "orphanage" for the full reviews. In retrospect it was not worth the whole my opinion because it is no longer in the orphanage. The basic idea was another sure and it is also clear that such facilities must somehow pay. Our questions (for example, how many times elephant again be released, how old are the elephants, etc.) were only very inadequately answered. The scenery is very beautiful for photos to see elephants I rather recommend a Safari in one of the national parks.
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  • * Nice Place to watch elephants closely. * You can experience milk feeding to baby elephants & feed a much older one. * Elephants bathing @ maoya is another rich experience. * Lots of space, long walking paths & gardens. * Nice & Clean environment + Friendly staff. * Will be an unforgettable experience for nature lovers. * Although some are chained they seems to have much freedom & good life conditions (after all this a orphanage where lost elephants were take care)
  • I'm torn between loving or hating this place. It all depends on weather the elephants are really happy here or not. The aim of this place is to nourish and take care of orphaned elephants and treat injured and sick ones back to health. If that is truly what is going on here then thumbs up! If not, and this is just a parade to grab tourists' money then shame! But from what it shows the elephants are enjoying their time here!
  • This was one of the first places I went to when visited Sri Lanka, and I totally recommend it! Better if you stay in a nearby hotel the night before if you want to be there at early morning (during my stay, I was mainly in Colombo, and arriving by train to Pinnawala took me about 3-4 hours), and watch from your terrace the elephants taking a bath in the river. Don't forget to buy your ticket if you would like to feed them (in the morning or afternoon). Also, you can go to the elephant dung products shops and buy some souvenirs, as well as visiting some other attractions in the village.
  • We loved visiting the elephants , it was an experience and memories I will treasure forever . I had mixed feeling about the chains on some of the elephants whilst they were bathing , but you do have to remember these are semi wild and do have to be kept in tow. At least they are not being poached and killed liked in Africa .I did not feel they were mistreated , they seem to really care . I thought the feeding of the smaller ones were expensive and they have the older well trained to receive food. The riding of the elephant was the best part , it was fabulous. It is real must to see and remember it is catch 22 regarding the animals being chained up, because if one of them charged at you , you would ask the question why were they not controlled ? May be a bit extreme , but it could easily happen to anyone.
  • The Orphanage is open from 8.30am to 5.45pm and visitors can interact a little with the elephants during the regulated bathing and feeding times. There are a couple of restaurants, and several food and drink stalls outside the orphanage, as well as a bank in case you need to change money. You can reach the orphanage by car, bus or train en route from Colombo to Kandy, or simply as a day trip from Kandy.
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