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Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

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B199, Pinnawala 71100, Sri Lanka
+94 35 2 265284
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  • Excellent28%
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  • Average17%
  • Poor8%
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“the river” (1,145 reviews)
“baby elephants” (375 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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B199, Pinnawala 71100, Sri Lanka
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+94 35 2 265284
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"the river"
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"baby elephants"
in 375 reviews
"elephant orphanage"
in 280 reviews
"sri lanka"
in 292 reviews
"fruit"
in 125 reviews
"bottle feeding"
in 80 reviews
"elephant bathing"
in 68 reviews
"across the road"
in 66 reviews
"love elephants"
in 51 reviews
"nice experience"
in 43 reviews
"saarc countries"
in 29 reviews
"milk"
in 258 reviews
"kandy"
in 205 reviews
"herd"
in 151 reviews
"trunk"
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

I was very sad to see the elephants in chains. I understand that it is for safety reasons, but nevertheless it broke my heart.

Thank Toni G
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I am writing this review for the govt. run orphanage which treats sick and orphan elephants and release them in wild. You can enjoy the elephant parade as they walk to the river and then take a bath. Here you are only allowed to take...More

Thank Nimish P
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Came here with my partner and our three youngest. Firstly, it was enlightening to read the information at the entrance regarding the welfare of the animals, apart from which they had such vast grounds to roam in and the wonderful river to bathe in. We...More

Thank Sellest
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Reviewed 4 days ago

In case you REALY like elephants and not only want a photo with them at any cost, avoid this place. Many elephants are chained, they force them to eat the fruits the visitors buy (even when the elephant does not want to eat anymore) and...More

Thank Zuzu Č
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Reviewed 5 days ago

I have visited this Orphanage 2 weeks ago (May 2018) The tour bus took us from our hotel in Main Colombo and ride took about 2hr-2.5hrs. We have visited the Elephant place for 20minutes and 10min elephant riding. There are about 8-10 elephants and you...More

Thank Onuriko
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Reviewed 6 days ago

The Elephant orphanage was on out list to do, but with a little nervousness due to the varying reports. However these nerves were soon dissipated, as you enter the orphanage there are education boards which clearly explain the facility, the elephants and the people, take...More

Thank Daveshent
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Baby elephants chained up and tormented to amuse ignorant tourists. Anyone who wants to know how orphan elephants should be cared for should refer to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. Tour companies recommending this appalling outfit should be ashamed of themselves. I felt sick. Do...More

1  Thank Macha1st
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Its absolutely lovely to see how these orphan elephants are kept. Their bathing at the nearby waters is amazing to see .... and take photos of.

Thank 871shaileshb
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I’m so grateful that friends told us about the orphanage. We watched all of them lumber across the street down to the river for their afternoon romp and soak. Closely monitored by their handlers, who called to them in the water and helped bathe them...More

2  Thank Christine D
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This orphanage is one of the primary orphanages built for elephants in sri lanka.We visited the place during the milk feeding and bathing time and we surely enjoyed the experience. we observed that the orphanage consist of various workers who regulary attend to the waste...More

Thank Harshi H
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