We visited Pinnawala with our two children and our impression is that this has little to do with an orphanage. The main goal is to shake out tourists as much money as possible. The day we were there, the river was too high to bath the elephants. Although this is the main attraction, the admission price of 2.000 SR per person was the same. For this money you can see a zoo with some elephants standing around. If you want to come closer to them, you have to pay extra. If you want to take picture, you have to pay. If you want to feed bananas, you have to pay. For 250 SR they offer you to give a bottle of milk to a baby elephant. This is also a misunderstanding, as the staff gives this bottle and you may also touch the bottle, which is finished in 3 seconds. The staff is unfriendly and hardly communicates with visitors, other than harsh orders. They just can't care less don't wether you are satisfied with your visit or not.
If you want to see elephants, there are plenty opportunities to do so in Sri Lanka. If you want to see them and leave with a very unsatisfied feeling, this is your place to go!
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