We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Improve this listing
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: Colombo-Kandy Road | 90km from Colombo, Pinnawala, Sri Lanka
Phone Number: +94-35-2-26-52-84
Website
Book ahead on Viator
More Info
$75*
and up
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage Day Trip
More Info
$195*
and up
Kandy Day Trip: Elephant Orphanage by Day and Esala Perahera by night
More Info
$80*
and up
The Last Kingdom Day Tour in Kandy

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 1,509 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 400
    Excellent
  • 472
    Very good
  • 251
    Average
  • 134
    Poor
  • 252
    Terrible
Bathing elephants

Worth seeing if you didn't see bathing elephants before. Otherwise, you can skip Pinnawala. Actually there is nothing else to do there.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 27, 2015
Artyom S
,
Kyiv, Kyyivs'ka Oblast', Ukraine
Add Photo Write a Review

1,509 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Rate and write a review
Roll over, then click to rate
  Click to rate
Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Traditional) first
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • Czech first
  • Danish first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Norwegian first
  • Polish first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Slovak first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
  • Turkish first
  • Any
English first
Aarhus, Denmark
Level Contributor
5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

We took this trip to see the baby elephants and that we did. There were many many elephants, it was wonderful to see the tamed elephants walk around free. However please be aware that if a handler suggest that you take a picture with the elephants they will want money and demand it after! This is also the case when... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Bentota, Sri Lanka
Level Contributor
5 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Went on a couple of great tours with Tudutours. I loved being able to book these online, with the process easy and response prompt. Our first tour was a day trip to Pinnawala. The visit to the turtle hatchery was quite special, and we enjoyed the drive along the coast in general, which is just stunning. This tour also...

Was this review helpful? Yes
Singapore, Singapore
Level Contributor
12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

We really enjoyed our visit to the Elephant Orphanage - it was a highlight for us on our Sri Lankan adventure to see so many elephants in one place. We were a bit nervous before we went that it would be too "touristy" - it is a bit, but the sight of so many elephants bathing in the river, and... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Oslo, Norway
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

We came there hoping to see elephants being taken care of but what we experienced was that it had become a commercial activity. Any time you tried to take a picture with an elephant, the carers ran over and asked for money. When giving elephant babies milk you had to buy tickets and it became like a circus rather than... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Bern, Switzerland
Level Contributor
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

Please don't visit this place, the elephants are not well treated. We went there for 15 minutes and left, we were shocked! Really, if you love animals you won't participate in this aweful circus! It's so sad, they are just like slaves! Run away!

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Kyiv, Kyyivs'ka Oblast', Ukraine
Level Contributor
6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

Worth seeing if you didn't see bathing elephants before. Otherwise, you can skip Pinnawala. Actually there is nothing else to do there.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Dubai
Level Contributor
27 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

If you are travelling there just for this rather than on the way to Kandy, I would not bother. it was interesting to watch the elephants in the river, and we got to wash one of them (all for extra rupees though!). A few of them were chained which made us sad, apparently they can be aggressive. all in all,... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Level Contributor
16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

It was extremely crowded when we arrived and we had to fight to reach the tickets counter. The experience inside the park was good specially the river bath. This place is a must see but don't have high expectations as it is smaller than I expected.

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Level Contributor
143 reviews
68 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

Pinnawala allows you to view lots of elephants bathing in the river. We counted around forty of them. This is a great experience and makes for great pictures. However the viewing point is bit of a circus, with souvenir shops, restaurants and bars, and crowded with tourists. Some elephants are in chains, and the people tending the elephants ask money... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Pune, India
Level Contributor
50 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

This ia called as Elephant Orphanage tourist attraction is worth visiting. It opens at 8 am and closes at 4 PM. It is very interesting to observe so many elephants bathing, playing and enjoying in waters in a lovely scenic beautiful and cool environment. This spot is on way to Nuwara Eliya from Kandy. It has ticket SLR 1000. The... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage also viewed

 
Kegalle, Sabaragamuwa Province
Peradeniya, Central Province
 

Been to Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

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

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage and other visitors
7 questions
Ask a question

See all questions (7)

Questions? Get answers from Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?