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

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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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

We went to Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage with some trepidation after reading some of the negative reviews. However, after having visited, I have to say that I really enjoyed it. Yes, some of the elephants did have chains, but they seemed to be free to move around when we saw them. The young ones were chained when visitors were feeding them,... More

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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

We visited the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage with the entire family as a day trip(Colombo to Pinnawala and back). The visit was a unique experience for the kids and adults alike,being able to get in close proximity to these giants(and giant babies!). Since we were local we did not get hassled too much by touts and the like,however we observed foreigners... More

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Fredericksburg, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

Who could visit Sri Lanka without seeing some elephants therefore I headed to Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage in the hopes of possibly adopting an elephant to preserve the species. I was in awe of the animals but was slightly upset by the commercial selling of the animals as a means to get money. I went with a hotel guide on a... More

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Kinver, West Midlands, UK
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

On the one hand watching the elephants bathing in the river, or the youngsters being bottle fed is absolutely gorgeous. There is a touch of circus about the public displays, and the poor three legged specimen (a landmine victim) does leave you questioning whether there is a more humane alternative. Overall if you elephants are on your list of things... More

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London, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

I was so excited about going to this orphange even though I'd visited the one in nairobi. I however found the whole experience very upsetting. The one memory that will stay is the injured elephant who apparently in attempt to help the army stepped into a landmine and was left with a deformed leg. It now is propped in insolation... More

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

This is a great place to get close to the elephant. I managed to experience feeding the elephants. Walked close to them and touch their trunk. The elephants here are very clean and they bath twice a day. Visit them from 10am to 12noon or 2pm to 4pm to see the nice view of how the elephants clean up themselves... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

Sri lanaka is not a rich country.. we must appreciate at least this work.. they do not have a enough money to even maintain orphanage. remember instead of criticism you must donate at least one milk bottle for baby elephant...Help them to do better

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Gampaha, Sri Lanka
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

Nice place to watch Sri Lankan elephants very closely and their daily activities such as playing, feeding and bathing.

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Stockholm, Sweden
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 NEW

I volunteered at the orphanage for a month in 2013. At that time the orphanage had two babies that were kept in a separate enclosure and bottle fed. Three times a day they were taken to a feeding place were houndreds of tourists could watch them bottle feed. The tourists could also pay extra to feed the babies one bottle... More

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