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“Elephants of Pinnawala, a nature lovers' dream” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
Ranked #1 of 2 things to do in Pinnawala
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Kolkata (Calcutta), India
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“Elephants of Pinnawala, a nature lovers' dream”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 9, 2013

A site of about hundred elephants bathing on a rocky river, with lush green pastures and hills around , tends to make you an artist and a poet. We all have drawn such pictures as a kid. It is a dream come true. The naughty babies are a source of delight for all ages.

Visited October 2013
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Islamabad, Pakistan
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“Worth a visit”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 7, 2013

Visited the Elephant orphanage, on way to Kandy. The road is one way and narrow but luckily not much traffic. The sanctuary itself is a nice place with lots of elephants of all ages which can be seen in quite a proximity. It gives an impression of on-foot safari. Babies were being fed with bottles whereas one gets opportunity to feed a grown elephant. General condition of the animals was quite good. Entry tickets for SAARC countries was half the normal price. There is a nice souvenir shop too. Bought some fridge magnets and t-shirts.

Visited October 2013
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Kochi (Cochin), India
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“Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 6, 2013

Housing the largest captive herd in the world, Pinnawala is located in Kegalle about 90 kms from Colombo, an orphanage for the wounded and abandoned elephants. My best friend drove us down winding roads thick with vegetation. The orphanage is a tourist attraction . There is an entry fee, tourists can watch elephant feeding, bottle feeding of the calves and bathing in the Oya river. One can find disabled elephants well looked after. The entry fee is utilised for elephant care.There are various tourist shops en route to the river, selling Elephant Poo paper, leather bags, etc.

Visited April 2013
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Bengaluru, India
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“elephant experience”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 6, 2013

be ready to experience elephants at really close quarters and, if you can spare some cash, you can touch, bathe and ride them. Go here only for the elephants and nothing else. If you go by tuk tuk or a paid taxi, you will have a few halts for the spice gardens before it. I returned with mixed feelings. This is an orphanage where the elephants are looked after by having to work their way through. Not so bad, when there is only a very dark alternative.

Visited May 2013
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Menton, Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur, France
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“Animal abuse”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2013

I went there last summer. I had read that the workers are "animal lovers", that they actually take care of elephant orphans, and that they release them in the wild when they're 5 years old. It was the whole opposite. Those elephants are took away from their parents, and some actually got old but they're still there. They're chained, they're forced to move forward by using dangerous sticks... It's expensive and tourists can't even come close! It was just a horrible show... especially when cute baby orphans try to wander a bit, just to get beaten by some worker in order to come back. It's just a commercial place, nothing related to animal loving. DO NOT GO, do not support these animal abusers.

Visited July 2013
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