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Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

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Address: Colombo-Kandy Road | 90km from Colombo, Pinnawala 70130, Sri Lanka
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Elephant Orphanage

Wonderful cause but was little disappointed to see Elephants only from quite a distance. Kids enjoyed the same but can add some elephant shows to engage the tourists and kids... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Sivaraman M
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Wonderful cause but was little disappointed to see Elephants only from quite a distance. Kids enjoyed the same but can add some elephant shows to engage the tourists and kids accompanying them.

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Thank Sivaraman M
Kumarakom, India
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Good place en route from the airport to Kandy. children will enjoy the place.Good view from the restaurant as the elephants are marched to the water hole for bathing.

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Thank sarat_valsraj
chennai
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

There have been mixed reviews about this place. But we decided to go and we did not regret. One has to spend time watching elephants, especially baby elephants. It's not a place to just go around. U will not find anything new or interesting. But if u have patience, u can watch nothing short of a nat geo or discovery... More 

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Thank Malini79
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

They are brought into the orphanage enclosures for treatment and for feeding the young but otherwise they roam the river and banks. Feeding takes place for visitors to watch twice a day but the real pleasure is to watch such a large herd of elephants bathing and playing in the river

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Thank Oliver M
Bahrain
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

It is a place where they keep elephants for tourism purpose. You can see elephant in their natural environment is much better, at least they are free. There are national parks that you can see them.

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Thank binmahmood
Bristol, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

This is apparently the only kind in Sri Lanka, government owned and all proceeds go to supporting the orphanage. You're able to get close up and see them bathing in the local river 3 times a day and feed them baskets of fruit for Rs250. Location seems to have lots of space for the animals to roam around but one... More 

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Thank Lee_B_uk
Somerset, England
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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

There are over 70 elephants at the orphanage. They are brought into the orphanage enclosures for treatment and for feeding the young but otherwise they roam the river and banks. Feeding takes place for visitors to watch twice a day but the real pleasure is to watch such a large herd of elephants bathing and playing in the river.

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Thank SomersetStephen
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
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5 reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago

It is amazing to see the elephants getting moved from the Orphanage to the River Bathing Area daily. It is an absolutely wonderful experience.

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Thank Carmen D
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We wished to see and support an Elephant orphanage, therefore we choose this one. Cash only at the entrance, as well as 2 separate entrances for locals and foreigners. The area within is large and spacious, many elephants of all ages can be seen within. The only thing is it's turning into a circus, which is a huge disappointment, these... More 

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bangalore
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The orphanage is nothing to write home about. But you must be there to witness the elephants take a bath in the river. It is the most amazing experience ever. The beautiful river flowing leisurely and this large host of elephants frolicking in the water is a sight to behold. The water makes them so happy they trumpet loudly and... More 

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