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Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

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B199, Pinnawala 71100, Sri Lanka
+94 35 2 265284
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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B199, Pinnawala 71100, Sri Lanka
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I have visited a few elephant sanctuaries in Thailand, but this is the first time visiting an elephant orphanage in Sri Lanka. We were not expecting to see a few elephants chained at their hind feet and neck, but were informed that these were untamed...More

Thank Momomo333
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Reviewed 3 days ago

It is an okay place to visit even though I personally against places using animals to make money. It seems to be much better than it was a few years ago. I still feel that animals like elephants need to be in the wild, not...More

Thank Nigel_Perera
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We visited Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage on our way to Kandy from Colombo. Initially I did not have high hopes of seeing anything extraordinary. After entering we had to walk for some distance in the hot sun seeing only one or two elephants chained inside their...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Pinnawala had about 90 elephants 🐘 n are looked after very well by the people. They are the wild elephants n orphaned elephants looked after here. They are not tamed so are kept away from people. We can see them from a distance by the...More

Thank shalini b
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We read some dreadful reviews here and it nearly put us off but I knew a few friends who had been and they said it was worth a trip and they were right. I saw one elephant chained whilst feeding which I found upsetting but...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago

The government here is actually doing something about the elephants in a humane way. What a great experience. feeding the elephants!

Thank Peter S
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is one must do activity in Sri Lanka. This was on our way from airport to Kandy. Will cost you SLR3000. But it is really worth doing this. The first 5 mins will be scary but gradually when you start making balance on the...More

1  Thank Niro77
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Reviewed 1 week ago

After a long 3 hour trip we got there and were the first in. our guide brought the tickets and managed to get a feeding ticket for my wife as well. This was one of the must do things there. There are plenty of elephants...More

Thank PJSouth575
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went 10 am and Paid the entrance of 5000 Roupee and went thru the park to find very little but a few caged and chain tethered Elephants only to find that all of the action is down by the river as it’s washing time. 40...More

Thank GeorgeTill
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I would not recommend pinnawela as an authentic place to see elephants in Sri Lanka. Too many tourists taking photos and I didn't find it a very rewarding or enjoyable experience at all.

1  Thank ToriTravelTigger
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