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Address: Colombo-Kandy Road | 90km from Colombo, Pinnawala 70130, Sri Lanka
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+94 35 2 265284
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More Zoo than Sanctuary

It is misleading to call this a sanctuary, considering there are chains on some of the elephants and they are wrangled by handlers. If you come expecting a wildlife refuge you... read more

3 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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Shanghai Region, China
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Shanghai Region, China
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42 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

It is misleading to call this a sanctuary, considering there are chains on some of the elephants and they are wrangled by handlers. If you come expecting a wildlife refuge you will be disappointed, but if you expect a zoo-like environment where they let the elephants out twice a day for a bath in the river across the street, then... More 

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Horsham, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Great to see elephants who aren't locked away and brilliant to watch them walk down to the river! If the elephant men let you go down to wash them or feed them - watch out because they ask for money afterwards!! But other than that you must go!

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Well 3*** for the adorable elephants and none for the place. You do not get to interact with the elephants, unlike in India (shimoga) where we get to bathe elephants and play with them! Was a huge disappointment when we had to pay a huge ticket price for just watching elephants from 100mts away!

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Bintan Island, Indonesia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Thank you for Sri Lanka government to arrange such a good zoological garden for elephants. We depart from Colombo fort at 5.55am by express train journey will take about 1.5hours to Rambukana station, from Rambukana station you need to go by bus or tuk tuk (bus is not often coming then we decide to go by tuk tuk). From Rambukana... More 

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I really thought there would be more to this attraction than just being able to watch the elephants from the balcony of a hotel/restaurant. For the price paid, it was a disappointment overall. However the funds go to a good cause to support the elephants.

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Mumbai
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I was in two minds to visit this place since we landed early morning in Colombo. But since our check in time in Kandy was in the afternoon, we had enough time on hand and hence had a stopover here. They have 2 very basic restaurants here which are slightly overpriced. but one doesnt have an option . The activities... More 

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Doha, Qatar
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

This place is a must when you are visiting Sri Lanka. This is the only elephant orphanage in the world. It's so nice to watch them walking here and there, you can also have the chance to feed them and watch them while they are taking their baths. By the way this tour has been arrange by my very good... More 

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Hessle, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit. We saw young elephants being fed and others in the wild. The highlight was the elephants going through the street to the river and seeing them bathing. It was brilliant and well worth seeing.

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Must visit when you are in Sri Lanka for holiday and it is the most popular elephant parks in Sri Lanka

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Nashik, India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

The place is good and very well maintained. Pros: - The ticket for SAARC nations is quite low as compared to other foreigners. - It is clean and elephants are well maintained - Lots of greenery - The entire schedule of the elephants is displayed so you know what is next - The baby elephants are the cutest, a real... More 

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