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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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An early visit is when you want to go, to avoid too much heat and to see them being fed and bathed. However, it is very much of a tourist attraction and they obviously rely on... read more

3 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Wonderful experience, seeing elephants enjoying the river close up when back in their quarters. Everyday they are marched through the town to the river and left to wallow and spray then marched passed you to the orphanage. A great chance to see these wonderful animals up close

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Peterborough, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The highlight is the milk feeding of the babies. After that the elephants cross to the water, and you can find a shady spot for lunch and watch them bathe and play close below. Nearby is a place you can actually ride an elephant, which might not be for everyone, but they really seem to care for their elephants there... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

An early visit is when you want to go, to avoid too much heat and to see them being fed and bathed. However, it is very much of a tourist attraction and they obviously rely on the income as foreigners are charged much higher than locals. yes the infants are bottle fed, there is plenty land for them to roam... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

What a wonderful experience! The perfect time to arrive is late morning. Upon arriving and paying the entrance fee, we went into the sanctuary and to the left, where we saw several smaller elephants who had been socialized to people prior to being rescued. There were a few employees selling very inexpensive plates of freshly cut fruit that we could... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This place is "MAGIC" Had a lovely lunch saw the Elephants being watered and bathed. We got off the ship and went on the Viceroy Train ( Built 1880) Was a bit pricey but would have not missed it for the world.

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Port Chester, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We missed feeding time, but we got there at the right time to cross the road and watch the elephants at bathing time. With no real basis for comparison, I'd say that it's preferable to watch the elephants bathing in the river than to see them at feeding time. We had a great time and got to get close to... More 

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Istanbul, Turkey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

it's a bit scattered but the bath time in the river is when a large group of elephants come walking in through the street to the river and it's quite something

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Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A definitely must visit place! The kids loved it, watching the elephants take milk from bottles. Mosquito repellant is a must though because of the insects. We enjoyed the walk around as well.

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Missed out the elephants bathing time, but we had a quick look when elephants walking back home on the street. They are just adorable. A must place to visit in Pinnawala. Double check the bathing time if you wanna visit.

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We did this trip with Suranga Tours and had a great time although 3 hour drive from Ahungalla where our hotel was it is a very early start at 5am so that you are there for the breakfast feeding which was 3 elephants getting several bottles of milk the best bit of te trip was seeing the elephants in the... More 

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