Travel forums, both TA and others, tout the elephant orphanage at Pinawala as a must-see.
The orphanage itself is a ticketed site where visitors can view the rehabilitation process. The real attraction however is when the elephants are ‘let out’ to play in the nearby river.
The Elephant Bay hotel has a lovely garden from where you can watch these elephants. Watching these elephants, big and small, romping in the river with the forested hills in the background is a memorable experience
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the heart of Pinnawala, Hotel Elephant Bay is right across from the famous elephant orphanage. It provides rooms with large private balconies and spectacular views of Ma Oya River.Rooms are bright and airy, with simple decor and furnishings. They feature a flat-screen cable TV, a tea/coffee maker and private bathroom facilities.Guests can enjoy leisurely strolls in the tropical garden or make use of the hotel’s sun terrace. The Elephant Bay Hotel offers bike rental facilities for guests’ convenience. Various activities like hiking and fishing are available.Ivory Inn Restaurant serves international dishes. Room service is provided.The Elephant Bay Hotel is a 70-minute drive from Bandaranaike International Airport and a 2-hour drive from Colombo. It is an easy drive to cities like Kandy and Nuwara Eliya. ... more less
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