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Address: Colombo-Kandy Road | 90km from Colombo, Pinnawala, Sri Lanka
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A fascinating place but without a guide or access to information about the orphanage and its activities/aims etc was limited. The baby feeding was moving but the highlight was the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Bangalore, Karnataka, India
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23 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is the second time we visited the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage. Both times we had the forenoon session. We were quite fascinated by the baby jumbos playing, the milk bottle feeding and the river bathing. One should know the timings before visit. 9 am to 10 am watching the elephants play, feeding milk to baby elephants and public fruit feeding.... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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200 reviews
47 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Absolute joke! Your better off going to the Zoo. As most of SL attractions it is completely overrated and overpriced. The Elephants are not really orphans and treated really badly. Most of the big ones are chained at two legs to keep them in place so the tourist crowd can take pictures. CLOSE THIS PLACE DOWN!

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Thank Fernlicht
Adelaide, Australia
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15 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A fascinating place but without a guide or access to information about the orphanage and its activities/aims etc was limited. The baby feeding was moving but the highlight was the movement of the elephants to the river. One of the elephant attendants offered to take a photo of us with an elephant. After taking the photo he asked for a... More 

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Thank Mark T
Toronto, Canada
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6 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I had very mixed feelings visiting this place. I wanted to visit a place where the elephants are truly well taken care of. I believe this place used to be like that but now I found it too tourist oriented. The elephant caretaker came over and pulled me to take a picture with an elephant. I was surprised but very... More 

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Thank Agnieszka S
San Francisco
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53 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I visited the orphanage back in 2000 and 2001. Then, there were just a handful of elephants and their attendants looking after them, but you really go to see and hear how the elephants were being cared for. I recently returned and was shocked at the changes. There were so many tourists, and not enough staff to control where people... More 

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Thank aumkathleen
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2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Visited the elephant orphanage and loved the elephants. Lucky we were just in time to see the elephants feed. Lovely place.

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Thank Sandra W
NSW AUSTRALIA
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369 reviews
164 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 160 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We were really in two minds as whether we wanted to visit the orphanage after reading the reviews, we love elephants however! We arrived in time to see the elephants walking to the river, an impressive sight to see a small herd. We were on the corner, behind a little shop rail and they were so close we could have... More 

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Thank NswAustraliaDidi
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8 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

You are asked to pay 2500 rupees per person. There is nothing but unhappy elephants pinned to the ground. ANIMAL SLAVERY. Go to a zoo instead, where they treat animals with respect.

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Gurgaon, India
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156 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Good experience. Good or bad I won't know. Elephants are chained yes. But, the question is... As against what. Roaming free ?? The mobility in the venture needs to be appreciated. Orphaned giants are cared for. Some form of care is better than neglect. The little ones were the cutest and kept running around. Worth a visit if not for... More 

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Thank Gautham_Srinivas
Oxford, Connecticut
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I visited the orphanage in January of 2016 and instantly became upset with the fact that most of the elephants are chained. The other problem I had with the place was the fact that you are hounded to take a picture with the elephants and then the workers there harass you for tips. I tried to given the worker 100r... More 

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