Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Pinnawala

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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. Plan your visit to Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Pinnawala tour planner.
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  • August 17, 2017
    Watching baby elephants line up slowly from the streets into the path of selling commodities to really very cute and go across the Park also had a temper in the cry baby.
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  • August 16, 2017
    Very nice reception for elephants This are well catered for You for an additional fee if the elephants give milk and fruit. This money comes tengoede to the park the animals and also to staff of course washing at the river is super nice to see some elephants are hand afgeschropt at all these are fixed. Finally, the remaining wild animals
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  • August 15, 2017
    Worthless do not is no orphanage but an attraction for tourists. Helpers walk with hooks that says enough.
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  • June 9, 2017
    Good place for relaxing and enjoy. There are more than 60 orphaned elephants in here. Professional staff is working. Need to buy tickets for enter. Foreign tickets are much higher than locals. Elephant bathing and and baby elephants milk feeding are awesome two events. Toilets are clean and tidy. Shops and restaurants are nearby.
  • June 27, 2017
    Great experience if you are fond of elephants. You can see baby elephants being fed by huge milk bottles. We were taken to a little terrace where we could feed fruits to an elephant. If there are kids, they would enjoy. Finally the elephant parading towards the river for fun and frolic is not to be missed..
  • April 30, 2017
    It's a nice place to visit your holiday with a beautiful view of elephants. In this sanctuary you can see feeding baby elephants, elephant bathing and you can also feed elephants with certain restrictions which is a worthy experience. You can bring food inside but please keep the premises clean. Dispose litter to dedicated bins. The daily program is printed on the back of the ticket so you can arrange your time accordingly.
  • May 13, 2017
    Worth spending time, specially if you are a tourist or parent lookingn for an outing. You can watch milk feeding and elephant bath twice a day. There is a resting place inside the sanctuary where you also can feed fruits and if you tired do some swinging. Kids will Enjoy the staff. Better officials share and talk to people about important information.
  • June 26, 2017
    The place is worth visiting there are plenty of things to see and understand about the wild elephants but very disappointed about the staff some are taking money letting visitors to touch and take photos with elephants. You better be avoid doing that. Fee is reasonable and service is in a satisfactory level.

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Where to stay in Pinnawala

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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