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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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Vancouver, Canada
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

we enjoyed our visit, with watching elephant bathing, feeding babies, feeding bananas to elephants etc. My only negative experience was that cunning locals, who tried to rip you off in different ways. Just be cautious of what they are trying to sell... Some might act like the herbal garden beside the orphanage is a part of that too. but actually... More

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Swansea, Wales, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

Unlike some reviewers I could find no evidence that the elephants were being badly treated. Some of them are wearing chains, although these are either bull males or lively youngsters, who cannot roam as freely as the other elephants due to visitor safety considerations. We got very close to the herd. Feeding the baby elephants from a bottle is a... More

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

Having read some of the mixed reviews on here I came from Kandy with an open mind thinking this was some kind of an elephant "Orphanage", how wrong was I ? The first thing I noticed was the sign informing me that all "Foreigners" pay around 2,500 rupees each while locals get in for next to nothing, now in my... More

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Burton upon Trent, United Kingdom
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11 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014 NEW

Oh what a treat, I was a bit dubious thinking it might be a bit touristy and circusy but it's wonderful so lovely to see them in the water enjoying it, then walking up the street back home, and what a wonderful,treat to,see them being fed. Thoroughly recommend it.

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Pontefract, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014 NEW

I have read a mixture of reviews for this place, I decided to go with an open mind, yes every two minutes they are looking for ways of getting tips, but to be fair its like that everywhere, I didn't see any evidence of the elephants being in distress I actually loved the place and thought it was one of... More

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Hyderabad, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

Go to the one which is maintained by government, having Elephant Orphanage board. At 1:45 PM elephants go for bathing, thats a pretty good sight. With few hundreds SL rupee, you can go close and touch and bathe elephants. Children will like it very much

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 via mobile

I really love elephants and for me it was very hard to see what is happening at this place. The mahouts don't treat this beautiful creatures right. They hit them with sticks and hooks and throw stones at them when they don't listen quick enough. Some mahouts like to hurt them for fun, just to show them who is boss.... More

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England
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

When we were initially walking around the orphanage we were a bit disappointed - very little character and seemed just an opportunity to exploit the elephants. We were hassled for tips, make sure you don't let anyone take a photo with your camera for you - they will expect a tip! However the experience was saved when we walked down... More

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

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

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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