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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
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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51 reviews 51 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

Immensely enjoyable. Visiting the elephant orphanage was one of the highlights of my stay in Sri Lanka. The opprortunity to see the elephants washing and feeding was and remains hugely treasured.

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

We visited this place last week. We reached there around 12 30 and we were just in time to view the elephant procession for their bathing.It was quite an amazing experience to watch the herds of elephants walking around. we watched the elephants take bath from the elephant park restaurant.also, the feeding time was fun to watch as well. Overall... More

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Skipton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

This was a highlight for me, I had read reviews prior to our visit and I wasn't disappointed. Yes the handler's did have sticks, but they were only used to coax the elephants; remember elephaphants, even the babies are heavy and need to be kept uncontrolled for the safety of all. Feeding time with the baby elephants was busy but... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

I visited Pinnawala with some trepidation, having read some fairly damning reviews here on TripAdvisor. My fears were allayed when I visited a different orphanage: the Elephant Transfer Station next to Udawalawe National Park, in the south of Sri Lanka. At the ETF they rehabilitate young abandoned elephants – mostly it is those elephants that might have got themselves trapped... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW via mobile

Before I went to Sti Lanka, I did a lot of research about things to do etc... And when I found that I could see elephant, I almost cried! We got to watch the baby elephants being fed, which was incredibly sweet (they are chained, but this is so they don't hurt themselves-I asked my "impartial" guide and he assured... More

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Southampton, England
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

We arrived whilst the elephants were bathing in the river and it was such a beautiful sight that I was quite moved! We were lucky enough to go with our personal guide, who was extremely knowledgable about the whole set up. Yes the large bull elephants did have chains around them when they were taken to and from the river,... More

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Barcelona, Spain
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

We paid Rs 2.500 (but on the ticket was printed Rs. 2000) You can see all the Elephants chained and eating and go to the river to see how they take a bath. Unfortunately this is no longer an orphanage, it is just another touristy spot.

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Ipswich, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 via mobile

We had researched elephant encounters before we arrived in Sri Lanka and were excited by an opportunity to feed a baby elephant at the Pinnawala elephant orphanage. It was a huge disappointment. Admission for foreign visitors is 2500 rupees, plus 350 rupees to bottle feed a baby. Some mature elephants were feeding freely in the forest, and we could see... More

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New Delhi, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

A lot of elephants. You can even go and touch and feel them. Talk to the guides and they will help you with this. You can watch them bathe in the river and that is a lot of fun.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

This is absolutely a great experience to see elephants but it is not the personal one-on-one you might have hoped for. The feeding stations are very busy and the opportunity to give a bottle of milk to a baby elephant has to be for shorts to shoulder with all the other people will also bought a ticket. This said there... More

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