We will be on a cruise next April, with one day at port. We have booked a tour from the ship to Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, and should be there for 3-4 hours. I understand PEO does not do elephant rides, but I have heard that there are independent operators just outside the gates. We would like to get a ride maybe 10 or 15 minutes - enough for a taste. Can anyone confirm if these independent operators exist, and if so, has anyone done it, and how easy is it to get a ride and get back in the gate again? We don't want to go a long way from our tour. Any reasonable suggestions are welcome.