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Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

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B199, Pinnawala 71100, Sri Lanka
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

This was an all day excursion from our Viking Ocean cruise docked in Colombo. A three hour bus drive going and coming. But it was worth it. When we got there our tour guide directed us down to the river where dozens of elephants were...More

Thank RSpicer
Reviewed 6 days ago

We went to the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage with our driver as our guide - if you didn't have someone with you who knew how the place worked you would be at a loss as you are not given any information when you purchase your tickets....More

1  Thank AussieTraveller3204
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We were on time to see around 30 elephants bring given a bath through a high pressure pump. After the bath, they orderly walked one behind another to the orphanage across the highway. We saw many more elephants including one with very long tusks. There...More

Thank Ganesh J
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Not worth it. The baby feeding show is only one baby. It’s really small and run down looking. Area seems much too small for 80 elephants. You can pay 1£ to feed an elephant... but he seems really overfed with people Queuing up to do...More

1  Thank seonade1
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I love the idea that countries that are not as fortunate invest their time and money to look after magnificent creatures like this. Unfortunately they have a long way to go, I feel that looking after their elephants are not their first priority. We made...More

1  Thank DirtyDewang
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We can get see elephants shower in the river where we take photos. there are timetable that you can follow, eg milking time, feeding time, bathing time provided at the ticket counter. In the area where they keep the elephants, you get to see where...More

1  Thank Chuan H
Reviewed 1 week ago

peaceful city if some one wants to travel this places Call +94717613047. this is the Guy who took me. best guide in sri lanka i guess. He has huge experience about the laces and people, His lovely Name King Madu

Thank Madushanka P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's a large place and there are quite a few Elephants. But the premises is not well maintained. Also you are not allowed any where near the Elephants or to feed them, unlike in some other Elephant safari's. Some of the Elephants were very restless...More

Thank StevenP3423
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Apart from the Instagram worthy shots, this place seems like a money making attraction rather than an orphanage. There are better ways to donate your money and support these elephants. If you are looking for an alternative experience with the elephants, then I would suggest...More

Thank IbrahimSamat
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I don't understand why it is called an orphange. It is deffinitly an elephant Zoo. The elephants are being escorted to the lake twice a day for a couple of hours. other than that they are being tied up inside the Zoo. It costs 2500...More

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