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Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

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Colombo-Kandy Road | 90km from Colombo, Pinnawala 70130, Sri Lanka
+94 35 2 265284
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Fairly expensive 5000 for two adults. The animals are well fed and look in good condition. However... read more

Reviewed 23 July 2016
ek224
via mobile
Be ready for loads of walk!Amazing place.

We loved the baby elephant feeding. Big shame on the Indian government that a small country like... read more

Reviewed 22 July 2016
Prachi A
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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Colombo-Kandy Road | 90km from Colombo, Pinnawala 70130, Sri Lanka
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Reviewed 23 July 2016 via mobile

Fairly expensive 5000 for two adults. The animals are well fed and look in good condition. However some are chained and terrified of the men which made me question their treatment behind closed doors. The cafe with the view over the river is very very...More

1  Thank ek224
Reviewed 22 July 2016

We loved the baby elephant feeding. Big shame on the Indian government that a small country like SriLanka can manage such a great activity but Indians are busy in looting the country. Pinnawala offers a baby feeding and elephants bath in river show. Both are...More

1  Thank Prachi A
Reviewed 22 July 2016

We had an awesome visit, however somewhat spoiled by the aggressive elephant handlers who were demanding a lot of money after encouraging us to have our photos taken with the elephants. Make sure you're clear up front what is expected and don't be bullied into...More

2  Thank Debbie N
Reviewed 21 July 2016 via mobile

Pinnawala is a must visit when in Sri Lanka. It's an enjoyable place for the entire family. If you go early in the morning, you can see the elephants walking to the river. You can also buy elephant dung products from the shops lining the...More

Thank Nastovski
Reviewed 21 July 2016

After visiting an elephant sanctuary in South Africa, set in glorious countryside, just allowing small groups, riding for ages and helping at feeding time - all with red tea and snacks in a lovely villa I was really keen to see the Indian elephant. They...More

1  Thank ThatNicky
Reviewed 21 July 2016

Best of the the Best attractions in Kandy, Srilanka. Elephants are very well trained and cleaned on a day to day basis, I suppose, We offered Bananas to the Elephants and they lovingly lift their trunks to bless us.

Thank Nagnish
Reviewed 20 July 2016 via mobile

We reached while the elephants were being taken to the river for their bath. It was an absolutely amazing sight and experience. A must do!!

Thank Hozi B
Reviewed 16 July 2016

The visit to the orphanage was a nice start to the trip. The best time to visit is between 10 - 12 Am, when the elephants are taken to the river for a bath. Post this you can feed the elephants in the orphanage. This...More

Thank Nishanant
Reviewed 16 July 2016 via mobile

Orphanage? Crowded place - the animals were well fed though. Their mahouts asked for money to have pictures taken with the elephants. I the river most of the males were shackled and some of them had adopted "repeated motion". It was clear that the beautiful...More

6  Thank NannaZ
Reviewed 15 July 2016

no one else has mentioned that most of the elephants are chained and our driver said they have to chain the crazy ones! To me it is a money making site, photos and feeding all cost extra. I am no expert but some of the...More

7  Thank hop12
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