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Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

Colombo-Kandy Road | 90km from Colombo, Pinnawala, Sri Lanka
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Ranked #1 of 1 attractions in Pinnawala
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Useful Information: Activities for older children
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Oslo, Norway
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10 reviews 10 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 NEW

A lot of touts, a lot of tourist and a half day wasted on the way to Kandy. Elefants in chains, and a lot of people trying to get you to use money on overpriced spices, a total rip-off experience!

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Wijchen, The Netherlands
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53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

The Pinnawela orphanage for elephants is a must see. We found it one of the highlights of our holiday to meet with such a large herd of elephants walking freely (under a lot of supervision) and witness the bottle-feeding of the babies. Never mind the outrageous price difference between admission for locals and westerners. True, very true, it’s not all... More

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Providence, Rhode Island
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

I have strong feelings about elephants. After visiting this orphanage, I will never ride on an elephant again. It made me sad to see the elephants in captivity. We paid to enter the park and ride elephant. When I got onto the elephant, the mahout hit the elephant to make it obey and the other manouts screamed at the bathing... More

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Antwerp Province, Belgium
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

The first thing you notice when entering this "orphanage" is the sound of chains and the constant noises coming from distressed elephants. This park claims to be helping and caring for elephants when their actual goal is to suck as much money as possible out of tourists (€12,5 of 2500 Rupees entrance fee, and in 15 minutes you have seen... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

See the elephants up close, feed the babies milk and spend a few hours watching the elephants down at the watering hole. My kids loved the elephant poo shop - where they make paper and other things by re-cycling elephant dung!

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Leiden, The Netherlands
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

When we visited the Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage I had mixed feelings. We watched the elephants take a bath (I think it's from 11:00 - 13:00). You can take a picture with them for a tip (we didn't do it because elephants are forced into position). When you sit and watch the elephants bathe it is a really nice experience. However... More

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Montclair, New Jersey
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

I was in Sri Lanka for a month with 15 kids trying to help wild elephants. We went here to see what it was like and though we were warned about the terrible treatment of the elephants we were appalled at the active abuse that is leveled at these elephants! The mahouts scream at them and poke them with sharp... More

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Mahe Island, Seychelles
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

In April, my family and i had the chance to visit the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage while on holiday in Sri Lanka. It took us three hours from Colombo 3 to reach the site by Kangaroo taxi. We were guided by our chauffeur Mr.Sanjiva who was a very courteous person. We visited the elephants when they were bathing in the river... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

Visited Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage ,on early July 2014, the tour was organized by BlueLanka tour ,our guide/driver was Mr.Janeke.Took about 2 hours + from Colombo 03 Colpetty to reach Pinnawala.Entrance fee was Rs 2500 per person.Near the ticketing booth ,there's a souvenir shop. The elephants , including the juvenile , old and crippled are kept on a huge shelter .We... More

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Calicut, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

I would definitely recommend a visit to this place even if you are used to seeing Elephants. They have done quite well to make it interesting and seeing over 40 elephants being herded through the park to the river is a sight to behold. Try and make it to see the feeding of the baby elephants. The little rascals are... More

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