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Address: Colombo-Kandy Road | 90km from Colombo, Pinnawala, Sri Lanka

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Truly amazing experience, getting to bottle feed an elephant calf, getting up close with several of the elephants. A perfect day out.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 28, 2015
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Cairns Region, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

Truly amazing experience, getting to bottle feed an elephant calf, getting up close with several of the elephants. A perfect day out.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

It is a nice place, but also full of tourists. It was possible to take for some cash pictures with a elephant and also to feed the baby elephants with milk. When I remember correctly this should be reserved in advance, other wise, this is not possible. There are just too many tourists who want to do that. This what... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

The mammoth animals can be seen in pain and stress. In hot summer, they are tied to chains in open field and made to suffer. ..only if you understand their pain. Its a complete rip off and money making scandal. Please do visit this place.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

The place is just a tourist trap, we were so disappointed. It´s expensive, the elephants does not seem to be thriving and this whole thing just seems like a way to get money out of the tourists with no thought for the elephants at all.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 NEW via mobile

What an absolute heartbreaking experience to see these beautiful animals locked up in chains -swaying back and forth from stress and visible pain and discomfort.. The staff treatment of the elephants is unacceptable they only want your money.. I will be taking further action against this cruel money making place... Please do not support

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 NEW

I didn't want to leave at the crack of dawn so I chose the 1.15pm feeding which gave us the morning to have breakfast and have a walk down the beach first but still get to Kandy before nightfall. I have no objection to paying extra as a tourist as I do believe that locals should be able to enjoy... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015 via mobile

Elephants are chained up and swaying from side to side to deal with their stress and upset... One elephant was even chained up with one back leg to one post and the opposite front leg to another post... Very short chains and unable to move or sway from side to side, his one coping mechanism had been taken away... When... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

We had a 5 o'clock start from hotel to get there early to see elephants being fed.There was a lot of school children visiting so it made it very busy. We saw lots of elephants and was quite enjoyable.

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Kharkiv, Ukraine
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

It's much more interesting to see elephants taking bath in a river near the orphanage and it's free! The orphanage is small, smells not well and have chained elephants just standing or eating (if it's feeding time) behind the fence. So don't waste money, you'd better buy bananas and feed/pet elephants during water procedures

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Muscat, Oman
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

This is very nice place to see the wild elephants. They are having well organized time table for day to day works.

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