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Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

#1 of 3 things to do in Pinnawala Features Animals
Colombo-Kandy Road | 90km from Colombo, Pinnawala 70130, Sri Lanka
+94 35 2 265284
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Is it really an Orphanage?

On our way from Colombo to Anuradhapura we drove past the Orphanage as it was given to us as a tip... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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Nice place to see Elephants.

We visited in Feb and it was very hot and humid here, so please carry your umbrella/hat/water... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Navi Mumbai, India
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Colombo-Kandy Road | 90km from Colombo, Pinnawala 70130, Sri Lanka
+94 35 2 265284
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

On our way from Colombo to Anuradhapura we drove past the Orphanage as it was given to us as a tip. It was cool to see the Elephants from so close and seems they had a good time. At 2pm there was bathing and the...More

Thank Menzo-food
Reviewed 4 days ago

We visited in Feb and it was very hot and humid here, so please carry your umbrella/hat/water bottles. It is en route Colombo to Kandy. We reached around 11 am and there was a group of 10-15 elephants relaxing and playing in the river. They...More

Thank hellorash
Reviewed 5 days ago

I love elephants; this Sri Lanka elephant orphanage take care of a couple dozen elephants who are orphans and can not be released back into the while. They are in open space and have daily walks to the river near by to play and take...More

Thank 2marcopolos
Reviewed 6 days ago

A great place to spend time with Kids and family. Anybody who loves Elephants can spend hours here. You can experience these giants up close and personal. Kids can learn a lot. It could get crowded with lot of tourists and you need to check...More

Thank Samanmalee J
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Not all elephants were chained when they were brought to shower by the river, hence it might be that it was due to their history of displaying aggressive behavior. It was very therapeutic watching these gentle giants frolicking in their natural environment, as opposed to...More

Thank JonJacglobetrotter
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Ohh so many elephants. As name says elephant orphan age. It's similar to name says. Zoo Authority is very well taking care of elephants in the true natural environment. I have seen elephants while taking bath. It was exciting moment to see crowd of 30...More

Thank VijayKumar2121
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Amazing watching the elephants bathe....whole thing seems well managed...entry is 1500rupees per person...elephants well treated and no riding so that's a good one

Thank Hugh C
Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited here and found the place very busy with tourists of all nationalities,Well run and elephants all seemed to be well cared for. They have about 40-50 of them on site and its great watching them all being taken down to the river to have...More

Thank cabottaxi
Reviewed 1 week ago

I loved this trip. We first met the elephants in the sanctuary and fed one some fruit which we bought. We then watched the baby elephants have bottles of milk. On the way down to the river we called into the shop that makes paper...More

2  Thank Marie H
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

You do see the elephants from up close and for a few dollars, feed them fruits. Kids absolutely enchanted with the whole visit. But for can$80 I would have expected more. I have seen similar type of places in Thailand that were giving you a...More

Thank Blondin-Webber
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