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Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

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B199, Pinnawala 71100, Sri Lanka
+94 35 2 265284
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Operating since 1975, an iconic part of Sri Lanka. Seeing these elephants as they live their lives in the orphanage was a special experience. Watching them have a long bath in the nearby river was a lovely experience.

Thank Rob N
Reviewed 2 days ago

We arrived just in time to see the elephants getting their daily washing at the river. They really seemed to enjoy being doused with the water cannon. Afterwards we toured the actual ground where the elephants were eating and enjoying the company of other elephants...More

Thank RichardK938
Reviewed 3 days ago

Its nice for childern and special to see the elephants trekking through the villages to the river for bathing, the other actvities such as milk feeding and fruit feeding are just over commercialized (as is the whole park). Somehow did not feel right

Thank R_Chubster
Reviewed 1 week 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 1 week 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 1 week 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 1 week 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

2  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 2 weeks 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
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