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Address: Colombo-Kandy Road | 90km from Colombo, Pinnawala 70130, Sri Lanka
Phone Number: +94-35-2-26-52-84
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Kandy Day Tour from Colombo
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Kandy Day Tour with Visit to Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
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Private Tour: Kandy Day Tour from Colombo

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Visited the elephant orphanage on our way from Nuara Eliya to Negambo. The place is about 1hr 30 min drive from Negambo. Great experience to see the elephants in a controlled... read more

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Visited the elephant orphanage on our way from Nuara Eliya to Negambo. The place is about 1hr 30 min drive from Negambo. Great experience to see the elephants in a controlled environment and also in the wild. Must see attraction for small kids. There are a couple of good eating places just overlooking the elephant bathing area. These are across... More 

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Doha, Qatar
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

It cost 2500 rupees per head to get into the elephant orphanage and we stayed for a couple of hours. It's good to see the elephants but be wary of the staff trying to fleece you for money at every turn. It does become bothersome

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Chesterfield, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

If you ars nearby in transit in Sri Lanka this is very worth a visit. It is well done & does a good job rescuing elephants. Be sure to see the feeding of the very young ones

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Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We arrived after reading terrible reviews, and we nearly asked our guide to cancel our visit. However, we saw no cruelty, and these elephants could not survive in the wild. There is limited shade, and feeding is scheduled. After seeing elephants in the wild, we are aware that they graze all day. Some have chains but only a few, we... More 

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Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We arrived at late morning. It was our first day in Sri Lanka at we had a great time. The elephants were very sweet and we enjoyed bathing and feeding them with the local workers of the orphanage. We also really enjoyed the elephant dung factory and shop. It was very interesting. Recommend to all families with young children and... More 

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Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

One of the most exciting stuff on our Trip was visiting Elephant Orphanage. To see a large sanctuary to keep Elephants is very inspiring. It is said to be 25 acre coconut property. Operational since 1975; are taking care orphaned or injured Elephants. Areas are properly marked. There is a place where you can sit and elephants are just at... More 

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Biggleswade, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We were given the choice by our guide to go to a Government run (this one) or a private elephant sanctuary, we chose the Government one as we presumed the elephants would be treated with kindness and compassion. How wrong of us to assume this! We are a family of 5 (2 adults and 3 children) and paid around £70... More 

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Royal Wootton Bassett, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

I checked the WWF website before visiting and they had no major concerns with this sanctuary. I have seen distressed elephants in zoos swaying and there was none of this here. All the elephants looked happy and food was abundant in a massive setting. We went down to the river where the elephants bathe and watched a wonderfully moving scene... More 

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Izola, Slovenia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We have read that this orphanage is a popular turist stop and we were not sure if visit it or not. At the end we decide to go but we were disappointed. Practically if you miss a morning (9,30) baby elephant feeding you do not have much to do or to see. The elephant are not freet, hey did not... More 

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England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We got tuk tuk to take us here from Kandy hotel we were staying at. 1 hour and 20 min ride which is long enough as you start to hurt in the tuk tuk after that. Before the elephants we did the Royal Botanical Gardens which is good for an hour to see. Pinnawala costs 2500 rupees each = £13.20... More 

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