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Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

Address: Colombo-Kandy Road | 90km from Colombo, Pinnawala, Sri Lanka
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Ranked #1 of 1 Attractions in Pinnawala
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Zoos & Aquariums
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Sutton Bonington, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

Another great place to visit. Most of the elephants are roaming free together which is lovely to see. I was able to bottle feed a baby elephant, then watched and walked down to the river with all the elephants to see them enjoying the water. I was also able to hand feed an adult elephant here. Awesome!!

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Manchester
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

Fantastic experience !! a must to visit we fed the elephants with fruit which costs £2.50 - Loved watching them walk across the road and down the street to the river to bathe !! We had a meal overlooking the river and watched all the elephants bathing !! Fabulous !!!

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

Not one explanation about what they are doing. You just see the elephants with their chains, and a bunch of people around making them work. I do not really understand the work of the people there since no hint about it was given during our visit. However, I like elephants, and think they must be doing something worthy to call... More

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Abu Dhabi
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30 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

We really enjoyed a lot to see elephants having bath! We saw how they transform the elephant «poo» into paper! Amazing work! Very nice place to visit! Sri Lankan people are the most friendly and kind .

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Hong Kong, China
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

WE did not enter this and so we can't provide full comments. However, we did appreciate their teams of elephants, which is very amazing to us, as we saw too many elephants closely along the street and next to the river. It is really free of charge to closely see the elephants

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29 reviews 29 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

My wife and I visited the elephant orphanage while touring Sri Lanka. It really is a must see for an amazing experience. You can feed, pat and pretty well play with baby elephants.

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Istanbul, Turkey
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

I think this place is not a real orphanage. It is like an elephant zoo. Unless provided a large garden for elephants they are inside the fences and they are being directed by guardians who are carrying a long stick with needle. Seeing a lot of adult elephants surprised me in an orphanage. If it is a real orphanage, adults... More

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Skjetten, Norway
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014 via mobile

We were taken here by our guide, he had a good knowledge og the Elephants. But this is a turist trap in my eyes. Have visited similar Orphanage in Thailand, which was much better.

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Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

It is a loving place where you can watch elephants walking freely (of course trained watchers handle them- Do not worry about any harm to us ). you can feed fruits which is sold by the care takers. The bathing of the herd is a real grandeur you can watch. The entry fee is Rs 700 in SLR. for SARRC... More

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Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

surprised how open and vast it was . delightful to see all the elephants (I counted 34 the day I was there) in the river delta, just playing and thoroughly enjoying themselves. it was like watching family groups together, and the youngsters playing like little children. A delight to see these marvellous animals so well looked after.

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