Having visited the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage on a previous visit some years ago, this visit was a great disappointment. Even more so when compared with our visit to the Millennium Sanctuary. The grounds at Pinnawala are dry and dusty (we visited in June 2012). Many of the elephants we saw were chained up and looked miserable. Several of the elephants are wounded either by poachers or war. Although they had plenty of food, they did not look at all happy. We waited for the afternoon elephant feeding. There aren’t any baby orphan elephants so the handlers bottle fed two adolescent elephants purely for the tourists. It was all rather sad and tacky. Only the souvenir shop was worth visiting. It was full of good quality elephant carvings and carved wooden furniture. We would not recommend Pinnawala elephant orphanage. If you want to experience elephants first hand, then go to Millennium Sanctuary.
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