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Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

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B199, Pinnawala 71100, Sri Lanka
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed July 6, 2005

I was fortunate enought to have the opportunity to spend a week working at the Orphange -Thanks to winning it on a TV show here in the UK (Richard and Judy) As you would expect the TV camers offered me extra opportunities but for anyone...More

47  Thank Caroline M
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed September 1, 2010

We went to Elephant Orphanage as my parents went on there 1st trip to Sri Lanka and loved it well it was very expensive and the elephants were all chained up and in distress including one that was very ill. I would say to anyone...More

70  Thank h0t_h0lidays
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Reviewed yesterday

Has a collection of injured or orphaned elephants but the entry fee and charges for bathing, feeding and riding the elephants is very high and not worth it.

Thank NikhilJ600
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

It was really a good time spent with loveable giants. The awesomeness of place is it has river where these giants taking bath and playing with waters. You will love it when you see them. Another good experience is to feed them. I was lucky...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Please do not go to this dreadful place! Shame on the people for allowing the abuse of these beautiful, intelligent animals to happen. The elephants were getting taunted by their handlers and were getting spiked with sticks with metal spears on the end for no...More

1  Thank S2946WPannal
Reviewed 6 days ago

It was very sad to see some of the elephants chained in solitary confinement. The reason that they are adults and may pose a threat to others at certain times does not seem a true statement. This as supposed to be an orphanage but it...More

Thank gilld969
Reviewed 1 week ago

I was so looking forward to seeing the elephants. At first it looks lovely when you get to the elephants, they are all in the river, but I started looking closely and noticed one elephant on his own at the back on his own, he...More

1  Thank Sandra H
Reviewed 1 week ago

Read a lot of extreme comments of this site beforehand. This place was highly recommended by the agent and was a midpoint from capital to Dambulla. We spent an hour here for a short walk with the elephant, feed with fruit, and watched it at...More

1  Thank Daybreak1229
Reviewed 1 week ago

Went to this orphanage couple of days back. Was a wonderful experience. There is a disclosure / notice board indicating why the elephants are chained. The animals are well maintained. You can also feed milk / fruits, subject to conditions that you have to buy...More

1  Thank Aditya S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Many of the elephants were chained and appeared distressed. I am disappointed that the elephants are not being prepared to be returned to the wild. I do not recommend visiting this elephant tourist attraction.

2  Thank Joe S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Please do not go to this awful place! Wish we had read some reviews before we went. Shame on the Sri Lankan government for allowing the abuse of these beautiful, intelligent animals to happen. The elephants were getting taunted by the people working there and...More

5  Thank jaykay808
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The orphanage is about 1 1/2 hrs from Kandy, it is definitely worth the visit especially if you have children because they would love it!

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