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Address: Colombo-Kandy Road | 90km from Colombo, Pinnawala, Sri Lanka
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Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage Day Trip

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It was fascinating to get so close to these beautiful and fascinating animals but a bit concerned that it was too zoo like and a bit of a show put on for tourists. Most of the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Broadstairs, United Kingdom
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Broadstairs, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

It was fascinating to get so close to these beautiful and fascinating animals but a bit concerned that it was too zoo like and a bit of a show put on for tourists. Most of the elephants seemed happy and clearly enjoyed the river bath. Don't know enough about the place to comment further.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

You are told a lot of things before you get in and you probably have researched something online. Well, the description is not what you'll find. It's a small place like a zoo only with elephants. If you want to take a picture with the elephants you have to give money to the guys who work there. Plus the entrance... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

It becomes countless visits to the orphanage over the years. When we have visitors this is always a day trip and afterwards the top topic to talk about. So many pictures taken and so many sweet memories. We make sure to arrive shortly before the elephants are taken to the river for a bath (we prefer the morning session) and... More 

Thank Volker A
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Its an average place. They have some 50-60 elephants kept in natural environment. They feed them with milk bottles and bananas some 3-4 times a day which they do by way of a show. Apart from that there was nothing remarkable as such. Children enjoyed to an extent. Entry fees for saarc country Citizens was some 750 Srilankan rupees, and... More 

Thank Siddharth K
London, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

If you care about animals and nature more than a tickbox tourist trap exercise then I would avoid this place at all costs. Elephants in chains, staff more concerned with making tips than obeying non-interaction rules...I don't mean to sound like a hippy but elephants are my favourite animal and I came to this place thinking I would see well... More 

Thank Sajal P
Pune, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The orphanage allows a very close contact with the elephants. You can touch and stroke the young, but also the adult elephants. The summit is the walk with the elephants to the nearby river. Enjoy thes wonderful moments.

Thank Michael P
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We arrived just before a few smaller elephants were fed with milk bottles. The animals were free to enter the feeding area and then leave when they wanted. We then went to see the larger animals being fed with plates of fruit and all of these animals were again free to roam.......not a chain in sight. All the elephants then... More 

Thank muchacho_13
Chippenham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Our guide from Walkers Tours (arranged via Virgin Holidays) was incredibly helpful and took us to the orphanage in time to see smaller orphaned elephants being fed, then led us down to the river to see them bathe. We saw two orphaned elephants being bottle fed which was amazing as they were so close to everyone and seemed very happy... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

If you want to see a fluffy orphanage where baby elephants are reared and then placed back into the wild then this isn't the place for you. The elephants are chained up, one back foot and one front foot so that they stay in position and eat the food they've been given. They are clearly looked after well but I... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Didn't see the elephants bathing in the river becausevthe water level was to high.Apart from that it was ok it seemed to be run more for tourist then the elephants.One elephant looked bored pacing up and down which i thought was wrong.

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