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Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

#1 of 3 things to do in Pinnawala Features Animals
Colombo-Kandy Road | 90km from Colombo, Pinnawala 70130, Sri Lanka
+94 35 2 265284
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Great fun

Only spend about an hour here at feeding time elephants of all sizes reabilitated and released. A... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
steveD4862CA
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London, United Kingdom
Wonderful experience!

The elephant orphanage in Pinnawala should be a 'must' for anyone visiting Sri Lanka. We were lucky... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Sue C
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London, England, United Kingdom
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  • Excellent28%
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  • Average18%
  • Poor9%
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Colombo-Kandy Road | 90km from Colombo, Pinnawala 70130, Sri Lanka
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Only spend about an hour here at feeding time elephants of all sizes reabilitated and released. A good caring atmosphere not a tacky elephant show. Funto watch as the elephants return from the bush fora free meal.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

The elephant orphanage in Pinnawala should be a 'must' for anyone visiting Sri Lanka. We were lucky enough to arrive early in the morning, at about 7.30, and after waiting for about an hour by the beautiful river and seeing some beautiful and unusual birds...More

Thank Sue C
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Many Asian countries do make a profit from many of their elephants. Their wellbeing and handling is always brought into question. I have ridden an elephant in Thailand where they were seemingly well treated. However at Pinnawala, an elephant's life seems monotonous and I do...More

2  Thank KM C
Reviewed 1 week ago

Arrived and were able to see the elephants grazing in a large area with trees, rocks etc, then we got to see the baby elephants feeding and then had lunch in a nearby restaurant overlooking a wide river when amazingly the elephants were led down...More

Thank John E
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The elephants were beautiful to see and arrived when they were down at the river. But to be honest, the place had a bit of weird vibe and felt very touristy. Some elephants were chained, although I was informed that this was only a couple...More

3  Thank Elyse D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Getting up close and personal to elephants is such a great feeling. These huge friendly animals are so gentle and docile and a real joy to interact with. They are well cared for and washing them after riding them is such an experience as they...More

1  Thank Cheeky_leon
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Best part of this was when the elephants walked by. Enjoyed watching the people feed the elephants but was a little worried about the chains. Relished the cold drinks on the hot day. All-in-all, a good experience for children and couples, both.

Thank Asha S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have seen elephants in other centres / environments around the world & this was not the best experience in comparison. However, when in Sri Lanka we wanted to see elephants, particularly bathing in the river. The reviews are mixed & I totally understand why...More

3  Thank KWBraith
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited the Elephants at Pinnawala and I was a bit unsure because of some of the negative reviews I had read, but it was GREAT day, the elephants all seem happy and I can't recommend this activity enough. The restaurant overlooking the river where...More

3  Thank SuzyW1906
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is one of the tourist attraction spot in Sri Lanka. A 90 minute drive from Kandy or a 3 hour drive from Colombo. This is the place where baby elephants who got separated from their herd is brought and taken care of. There are...More

1  Thank the_kasl
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