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Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

Address: Colombo-Kandy Road | 90km from Colombo, Pinnawala, Sri Lanka
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Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Zoos & Aquariums
Useful Information: Activities for older children
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Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Zoos & Aquariums
Useful Information: Activities for older children
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Ocean Shores, NSW, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014 NEW

The orphanage is a symptom of human encroachment on elephant habitat, but given the fate of elephants around the world, Pinnawala at least cares for the animals. It's a great place to get close to elephants, even though the baby feeding becomes a circus. The highlight is watching them come down to the river to bathe. It's a grand sight... More 

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014 NEW

It is a nice place to go. A short distance from colombo, the drive is a picturesque one with a number of fresh pinapple shops on the way. The orphanage itself is a great place to be in with hordes of elephants for company. worth visiting

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Chennai (Madras), India
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014 NEW

we travelled in a group last month from colombo to kandy - it took us nearly four hours for just 100 km to reach this place as the van driver never took speed beyond 60 saying that is his speed limit and the road was through lot of small towns and no highway or bypass like india/tamilnadu. after such a... More 

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Lucknow, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014 NEW

This sanctuary began as a place for nurturing orphaned elephants but now there are several bigger ones,equally charming .one can watch them cuddling,frolicking in the river,bathing,playing,being bottle fed.outside there are shops selling paper,diaries made of elephant poop.handicrafts ,excellent woodwork,is also on sale ,overpriced but saarc countries get discount ,also entry fee is less for them but do carry your passport

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Somerset, UK
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

this is a nice place to visit. The Elephants are not being mis-treated. I was worried before visiting as i had read some negative things here and thought i would not like the experience but over all i think the work here is good. Pay the small extra fee to feed the baby elephants, a real experience. Walk down to... More 

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014 via mobile

Walking around and dodging elephants was a fantastic experience. Then the baby elephant feeding and watching elephants get a coconut husk run was fantastic which sitting and having a coffee.

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Pinkpower
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

Well, apart from the rain which was constantly pouring down, we had a fairly inauspicious start to the visit as we were conned into buying bananas for the elephants outside the orphanage. At the entrance the bored looking guards told us we could not bring them in. Ticket prices were exorbitant for foreigners. Inside, there were plenty of elephants. A... More 

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Sandefjord, Norway
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

Probably started with the best of intentions of helping elephant orphans back in time. However from my visit, I judge that nowadays it is maintained as a tourist attraction (could even call it tourist trap ) more than a sancturay for orphan elephants found in the wild. As far as I understand they have a breeding program, and most elephants... More 

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Emirate of Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

We spent $20 to get in and others in our group spent $20 + more to feed the elephants only to find out that there was no bathing that day, meaning the elephants don't enter the water at all. The view is phenomenal, but after a few photos of the elephants, it's a little boring. After 15 minutes, there was... More 

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Dubai
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

We were travelling almost 2,5 hours from Colombo to get there, but really worth it! There is a minimum entrance fee of 2.000rupee. My 3 years old son had a wish to see the elephants and the dream comes true. We just got there 9:40am , when they finished the feeding and let all the elephants walk down to the... More 

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