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Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

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Reviewed 2 days ago

We arrived in the late morning and found most of the elephants down at the river bathing. As we walked down the street to see them, we passed several shops selling souvenirs and then suddenly were treated to a few elephants being ridden back to...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank teckman333
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Supposedly elephants roam naturally through the 24 acre park. Nope. Penned elephants trained to lay their trunks out so you can feed them fruit you have to buy. One can tell the elephants didn’t like their handlers. Nice to feed and touch elephants though

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank lorid206
Reviewed 1 week ago

Sri Lanka has about 5,500 wild elephants on the island. The Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage was founded in 1975 by the Sri Lanka Department of Wildlife Conservation. The orphanage is situated northeast of the town of Kegalle, halfway between Colombo and Kandy in the hills of...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank BeautyofSriLanka
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have mixed feelings about my visit to Pinnawala. Having read some disturbing reports I was nervous about what we would see. We visited early in the morning and saw the elephants bathing and then went back to the reserve and saw some elephant there...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank TheMrsBurton
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

After reading reviews about the treatment of these elephants I was very anxious to see for myself. When we arrived early in the morning the elephants were having there feed and the keepers cleaning out the poo and water troughs and refilling them, they were...More

Date of experience: March 2019
1  Thank 375jillb
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My interests are elephant bathing in the river,baby elephants milk and fruit feeding, very interesting to visit the orphange,safe at all,but feel sad sometimes because elephants are chained,no freedom as wild elephants but we had 2-3 hr fun time with elephants,specially baby elephants are cute,...More

Date of experience: February 2019
1  Thank thikeena
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Pinnawala elephant orphanage is great place to see elephants closely. You can get photos and vedios also.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank amhewagama
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I visited Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage just over a week ago and I must say that I was on high alert after a few derogatory articles I had seen written about the facility and its treatment of the elephants. Happily, I found nothing worthy of a...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Colleen M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Make sure you check before hand when the timings are for the feeding and the washing - there is a great restaurant for food from where you can watch the elephants being brought down to the river for their washing... the elephants love it -...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank ukdcham
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

the Elephant Orphanage is such an interesting place to visit. At certain times the elephants (ages 1 to 5 years) are fed. There are viewing stands so you can watch while the elephants are given milk and also greens to eat.

Date of experience: April 2019
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