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Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

4,017 Reviews

Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

4,017 Reviews
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Eruvana S wrote a review Jan 24
Anuradhapura3 contributions
Amazing place. Hundred of elephants. Was interest to see how they are taking the bath. And feeding is the main attraction.
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Date of experience: May 2020
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Ken Pearce wrote a review Jan 14
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I thoroughly enjoyed my time at the orphanage. It was a positive experience and seeing the elephants enjoy themselves, both in the park and in the river, I wondered how anyone could find fault with the place.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Niranjan P wrote a review Jul 2020
Dubai, United Arab Emirates31 contributions5 helpful votes
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This time we visit was 4 of Us and 2nd visit for my daughter and first for the Son.. The place is so quiet and peaceful with very few local visitors..Best time to visit the place is now..kids enjoyed the elephant shower...
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Date of experience: July 2020
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Response from pinnawalaelephant, Public Relations Manager at Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
Responded Aug 2, 2020
Dear visitor, A fantastic day from Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage! Thank you very much for visiting Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage and taking time to comment us on tripadvisor. It is happy to hear that this was your second visit and we are so happy to give you a happy visit this time too. Absolutely kids are fond of looking elephant bathing event at the riverside and we welcome you again for more wonderful experiences at PEO. Again, many thanks for your perfect rating we wish you a happy day! From PEO Team.
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snacky_sterlittos wrote a review Jul 2020
Panchkula, India9 contributions2 helpful votes
Must visit attraction in Sri Lanka...it is the place where you can feed ,bath and play with elephants ....must must visit
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Date of experience: August 2019
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Response from pinnawalaelephant, Public Relations Manager at Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
Responded Aug 2, 2020
Dear visitor, A fantastic day from Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage! Thank you very much for visiting Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage and sharing your lovely experience & admiration with us. We look forward to the pleasure of welcoming you back to the PEO soon. From PEO Team
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robiwatts wrote a review Apr 2020
Seaford, United Kingdom546 contributions744 helpful votes
I was initially worried about going to this place. A lot of reports talk about the elephants being chained up which seriously could prevent any form of enjoyment. We did not actually go into the actual orphanage but merely paid (the full admission price) and watched them crossing the road and bathing at the bottom. Yes, the bull elephants were chained I guess for their and my safety. These were big animals that you would not wish to charge you. The younger and better behaved marched down the road and seemed well looked after and showed no discomfort that I could see. Ok far better that they are free totally in the wild and this would really be the way I would like to see them. They seemed to enjoy their trip and bathe and we did not see any rough handling by any of the Mahoots . All in all a wonderful morning. I would return if I ever get back to Sri Lanka.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Response from pinnawalaelephant, Public Relations Manager at Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
Responded May 14, 2020
Dear visitor, A fantastic day from Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage! Thank you very much for taking time to write us and sharing your experiences following your visit. We are sorry about not attending the institution. However, we highly appreciate seeing how our institution works for the animals and giving an important and accurate interpretation of it. As you mentioned in your review, certain bull elephants are chained to provide protection for the other elephants as well as visitors. It is important your understanding that elephants are extremely powerful animals many times the size of humans. Thus, it is not an easy task to control such large creatures in the facility. However, our mahouts look after them in the best possible way. Further, as a dedicated institution for the elephant welfare, we bare a huge cost for their welfare specially their food, medicine and all the facilities of them. We provide utmost comfort for them and we are striving here to protect this endangered species for ensuring future existence. Next time we invite you to visit the institutions and we welcome you for a more memorable stay. Thank you. From PEO Team.
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