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“close up view of elephant herd”

Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
Ranked #1 of 3 things to do in Pinnawala
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Useful Information: Activities for older children
Reviewed July 3, 2013

we make it a point to visit Pinnawala as the first stop from the airport as we head for the hill stations on the colombo- kandy road. The fees has since increased to 2000 rupees for adults and 1000 rupees for chil. but its still good value . Took a bus to the road junction of the pinnawala and Kandy . from there took a tuk tuk for 500 rupees to the orphange. Enroute the driver may tempt you to take elephant rides from other companies at exorbitant prices but be firm. The Pinnawala elephants will take their daily baths late mornings and afternoons. it is fun watching them in the river , both adults and young babies splashing in the waters at close up range. it is a joy to see them move as a herd along the narrow road back to their sheds in the orphange. Easily there are about 60 of them . some injured ones are being treated and nursed in the orphange. we get to see how they are fed within close range . Its a good experience for both young children and adults. From the orphanage , its about 1 hr by bus to Kandy town. for about 100 rupees.

3  Thank Jamestankee H
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Reviewed July 3, 2013

The first thing that hit my mind at Pinnewala, is the location. Elephants are taken for bathing to a heavenly river, which has picturesque view. 30 to 50elephants of all ages were there, enjoying their time. But the saddest parts is, elephants seem to be tortured & hungry. Their legs are tied with chain, that's why there is obvious scar around their legs which seems to be very itchy & painful. That is really pathetic. It's called an 'orphanage', but doesn't work in that way.
And I couldn't stop wondering, why there are so many restaurants & shops beside the river? Isn't that a government own place? All these shops & restaurants have just reduced space, both for the elephants & tourists. Instead of settling those shops, space could be open so that tourists would be able to see the bathing elephants from different views. All you can do beside the river, is standing at only one point & get pushed by other tourists who are also trying to have the view of elephants.
But watching so many elephants at a time is really a enjoyable thing for the tourists.
I think there are still so MANY things to improve in this place.

Thank Tanvir_Ayon
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Reviewed June 27, 2013

Every time we returned to Colombo from Kandy, we made it a point to see Pinnawala. Pinnawala can be reached by A1 Colombo Kandy road with a turn off at Kegalle. It’s approximately 85 kms from Colombo and is a 3 hour ride.
It is a unique elephant orphanage where orphaned elephants are lovingly taken care of; something unheard of in most parts of the world when elephants are killed for their tusks. Both adult-elephants and baby elephants maimed or orphaned in the crossfire during the war or by villagers protecting their paddy fields are sheltered here.
Tickets costing around $20 are a must. The best time to visit Pinnawala is after 1 pm. We were always in time to watch hordes of these majestic creatures lazily strolling towards the river Maha Oya for their bath. Watching the baby elephants playing in the water is really a sight to behold. Photos can be taken up very close. At 5pm, one can participate in the bottle feeding of the elephants at the main center where one can watch the babies greedily quaffing the milk.
The fun part is the shops lining the lanes leading up to the river. One can buy interesting souvenirs ranging from leather bags to elephant-poop papers and bags. Bargaining is a must.
All in all, a wonderful experience.

4  Thank Girija_Nagarajan
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Reviewed June 26, 2013

Was obviously lovely to get up so close and personal with the elephants but so great to see how well the Sri Lankan people care for the and look after them. I was so glad that we had our driver (chauffeur guide) as he told us so much information about it all. Actually, i must recommend him to you, he really made our trip for us. His name is Srinath Seneviratne and his details are:

E-mail Address - srinathsenevirathne721@gmail.com
Web Address - www.travelholidayssrilanka.com
Phone Number- +94777438681 / +94770861973

He was such a kind man, really knew so much about Sri Lanka. I trust him 100% and we are coming back next year and will definatly use him again. It was thanks so him we had such an amazing time. You could get him to organise a tour for you or he will gladly go wherever you want, happily chattering about his country that he is s proud of. But not too much that you feel overwhelmed, he was so intuitive and it really was fabulous to have him with us. Thanks Srinath!

1  Thank GoatasticUK
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Reviewed June 25, 2013

This was a unique experience for me. I've never seen so many elephants in one place before. Never seen the milk-feeding to Elephants before. I liked this place, took a lots of photos for my travel website too.

Thank wesshere
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