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
Sponsored by:
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

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 1,392 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 356
    Excellent
  • 437
    Very good
  • 231
    Average
  • 128
    Poor
  • 240
    Terrible
Fun, worth visiting!

It's a nice place to see baby/adult elephants in a well kept condition. There is an option of feeding a baby elephant which I tried and was a wonderful feeling. Would definitely... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 22, 2015
Fatima1999
Add Photo Write a Review

1,392 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

It's a nice place to see baby/adult elephants in a well kept condition. There is an option of feeding a baby elephant which I tried and was a wonderful feeling. Would definitely recommend it if visiting Sri Lanka. Make sure you check the correct timings so that you may be able to do/see everything. The elephant bathing spectacle is very... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Mumbai (Bombay), India
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

We went to this place on our way to Kandy. Reached there at 9 am. My mother could not walk much and the staff was quick enough to notice this and strange a small vehicle at a very nominal cost (Rs 400 INR-for 2 hours ). After few initial feeding shows we were taken to the river where elephants come... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Chennai (Madras), India
Senior Contributor
43 reviews 43 reviews
16 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

Started the Srilanka tour with a visit to this elephant camp. kids had nice fun bathing elephants, feeding the baby elephants and taking pictures with them

Was this review helpful? Yes
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

unique and kind place... They are selling bottles of milk for the elephants and it's cheap, so you can buy and feed them...

Was this review helpful? Yes
Kandy, Sri Lanka
Reviewer
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

Make sure you be there at the elephants bathing times. it is happening in the morning and evening. morning is the best time to visit here. to see big elephants feeding the little ones.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Los Angeles, California
2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW via mobile

I am obliged to write this review to warn others about the experience we had here as a first time visitors to Sri Lanka but avid traveler across Asia and other countries. We were here just yesterday and upon arrival, we immediately question the validity of a place like this. The place feels like a circus, but much much worst.... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

First place to visit in Sri Lanka. We arrived at the elephant bathing time. Some of the young elephants will come to you to ask for food at the bathing area. Harmlessly reaching their trunks out to you asking for food. You can touch them. Beautiful experience. Try to walk around the grounds to see the elephant feeding, elephant hospital... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Truro, United Kingdom
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015 NEW via mobile

This is a great place to see the elephants. There are loads of them here! It's nice to wander about & see them but it's not so nice to see them all in chains. Also the baby elephant feeding is a rip off. You pay 350lkr for about 5 seconds of holding a bottle! All in, I would say it's... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Bexhill-on-Sea, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

You cannot fail to fall in love with the elephants. To see or be involved in feeding the baby elephants is a real must. When you think things cannot get any better, make your way to the river where you may get the chance to bath the elephants. This really is impossible to better. A fantastic experience we are never... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Reviewer
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

Our eldest son, Luc, got married on the 11.04.2015 to his fabulously beautiful and pretty Princess Hiranya at the fantastic venue of the Chaaya Tranz Hotel in Hikkaduwa. A day tattooed on our skin by the hot sun in the bright blue sky of Sri Lanka. Our memories still filled with the perfect angelic and romantic wedding and warmth from... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 2

Travelers who viewed Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage also viewed

Kegalle, Sabaragamuwa Province
Kegalle, Sabaragamuwa Province
 

Been to Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

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
5 questions
Ask a question

See all questions (5)

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?