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Address: Colombo-Kandy Road | 90km from Colombo, Pinnawala, Sri Lanka
Phone Number: +94-35-2-26-52-84

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Make sure you go down to the river

Watching the elephants walking down to, bathing and walking back from the river is what this place is all about.The oprphanage itself is nothing special and some of the elephants... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 5, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015 NEW

really nice morning with the elephants, feeding them with milk, walking with them to the river for the "bath". really cool experience

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015 NEW via mobile

I went here for my birthday and was sadly disappointed. To me it was no different to a zoo? Some of the big elephants had huge chains around their necks which seemed to be some kind of "control" thing, plus quite a few had chains from one front foot to a back foot, quite sad to see? The nicest part... More 

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Lancaster, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015 NEW

Watching the elephants walking down to, bathing and walking back from the river is what this place is all about.The oprphanage itself is nothing special and some of the elephants are chained so it can be a little upsetting. You are told to get a ticket for the orphanage before going to the river but it is not legally required,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015 NEW

if you are interested in observing little elephants in flies quarters ,this is the place for you. Don't expect acrobatics ,but they do put on a decent show with the elephant feeding routine. Visitors from Kerala might find the place a little boring especially if they have been to Guruvayur temple and its elephant enclosure

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015 NEW

The orphange offers spectacular sights: 20 elephants bathing togther unchained ! 2 baby elephants fighting for public attention playfully elephants eating freshly fed trunks with their feet and trunk !!!! Feeding elephants leaves and posing for photos with your hands on their backs and forehead ! We had a great time! something different to do !

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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015 NEW

I visited this place on my way to kandy. We reached there by noon so that we could see the elephants coming back from their morning bathing session. This place gets crowded fast and hence need to be aware on the timing ( refer to attached ). If you are in a hurry but want to see elephants you can... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015 NEW

There is plenty of space here for elephants but something struck me as wrong about this place. Elephants are chained, presumably so they don't run away, but what I know about elephants is that they need room to roam. The keepers don't seem to care too much about the wellbeing of the animals but that is just my perception. I... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015 NEW

I found it fine. The elephants seemed calm and peaceful.. Some did look a tad skinny but overall they seemed alright. it was nice to watch them bathing and taking their own time to do it! We went for the 2pm session. Yes there are particular times they are brought out to bath.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015 NEW

A short walk from the highway takes you to the river where the elephants bathe twice a day. You can pose with a baby for photos and have a nice lunch at one of the hotels or restaurants along the river. After bathing, the elephants march down the street connecting the highway to the river, cross the highway, and re-enter... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015 NEW

I could argue the case for how much money is made off these creatures, but I'm never going to get this close up to so many lovely creatures. There are some animals who have been beaten, abused, saved, ill, trapped and now have a life. They are sometimes scarred, missing limbs, but they all seem very happy indeed. I enjoyed... More 

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