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Address: Colombo-Kandy Road | 90km from Colombo, Pinnawala, Sri Lanka
Phone Number: +94-35-2-26-52-84

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This was day 1 (22.2.14) of a 5 day tour of Sri Lanka. I am not an animal lover but elephants have always been my exception......we arrived early and the elephants from the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 14, 2014
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

Excellent experience, it costs approx £12.50 which basically get you entrance to the viewing area to watch the elephants bathing, feeding etc, some nice shops, stalls, restaurants etc all down the small rad that leads to this area. When visiting it is well worth stopping at a herbal/spice garden, very interesting and enjoyable

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2014

This was day 1 (22.2.14) of a 5 day tour of Sri Lanka. I am not an animal lover but elephants have always been my exception......we arrived early and the elephants from the orphanage were down in the river cooling off. It was a sight for sore eyes!!! So, get there early!! At 1pm, they walk up the road back... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2014

A once in a lifetime experience. You can feed, touch and ride elephants, and the orphanage is the best place to do it as other sellers do not treat the elephants as nicely. Don't get me wrong be prepared for chains and a few whips, but on the whole the elephants seem well looked after. You get to watch them... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014

A really awesome experience to see so many orphan elephants coming back from the river, the bigger females keeping the smaller ones safe against the public. It was interesting to see the way the Poo Paper was made too. Such ingenuity! We then went on to wash an elephant and ride on one. Totally wonderful.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

I love elephants and especially baby elephants, but this experience left me a bit cold. I did not like to see the babies in short chains. I understand the explanation that this is for their safety as well as the tourist. The chains just seemed way too short for small animals. The orphanage seemed more like a business rather than... More 

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Lisboa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

As we were with a guide fro 5 days (the best way to tour around Sri Lanka), ven if the attraction was full of tourists, we could avoid the crowd and watch the elephants in the river (closely and at lunch-time) and baby feedind (extra fee) relatively at ease. We could also be close (too much close...) to the marching... More 

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St. Albans, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

A tourist attraction which raises money to look after these elephants, that may have started as orphans. There is not a great deal to see, & mahouts ask for money for any extra. The best bit is seeing the elephants in the river. Try to visit at lunchtime as this seemed to be the time when all the coaches left,... More 

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mississauga, ontario
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

I had read other reviews and so entered with an open mind...our tour guide had previously worked with this facility and it is more a breeding facility now than orphanage .... he felt that they were doing a very good job of looking after the herd. The elephants in chains is necessary for everyones safety as these huge beasts can... More 

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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

A very commercial attraction. You will be asked to pay for everything as an extra once you enter ( getting close to elephants, feeding baby elephants ). It is very busy, particularly at feeding time, and unless you can get an early front line view, then children will not be able to see.Just about worth a visit if you are... More 

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Doha, Qatar
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

Good time to spend. Unfortunately, tickets are Rupees 2500 for tourists and 250 for local. Feedinf elephant 250, bathing, giving milk etc... in every step you move you have to pay. I feel something wrong. Also, it's too far, we drive two hours almost to reach there. In general, it's a good experience especially for kids. They enjoyed more than... More 

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