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Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
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$24.00*
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Day trip Kandy & pinnawatal
Ranked #1 of 5 things to do in Pinnawala
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Useful Information: Activities for older children
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We were on time to see around 30 elephants bring given a bath through a high pressure pump.
After the bath, they orderly walked one behind another to the orphanage across the highway.
We saw many more elephants including one with very long tusks.
There were many curio shops near the river where they sell a lot of elephant related curios as well as stationery and other items made of elephant poop. There was a demonstration too to visitors showing the process making paper from elephant poop.
A must visit place in Srilanka.
Ganesh J

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Not worth it. The baby feeding show is only one baby. It’s really small and run down looking. Area seems much too small for 80 elephants. You can pay 1£ to feed an elephant... but he seems really overfed with people Queuing up to do so... felt a bit wrong.

3  Thank seonade1
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

I love the idea that countries that are not as fortunate invest their time and money to look after magnificent creatures like this. Unfortunately they have a long way to go, I feel that looking after their elephants are not their first priority.

We made it here on time to watch the elephants roaming freely in the water. Most of them here looked happy but sadly they don’t stay here, afterwards they get caged up after and that’s a different story.

Some elephants had heavy chains on them, it was a really hot day I cannot imagine how hot and heavy those chains were for those poor elephants! I couldn’t help noticing the keepers were carrying sharp pointy tools to help manage the elephants. No doubt they must use it.

We followed our guide to the other areas where the sick elephants were, they were chained in one spot and could not go anywhere, right next to them was their droppings. For me it was very disturbing to see.

This stop over was included in our tour, if we had a choice we would have skipped this. As an animal lover visiting this place did not give me hope, it made me very sad.

2  Thank DirtyDewang
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Reviewed September 11, 2018 via mobile

We can get see elephants shower in the river where we take photos. there are timetable that you can follow, eg milking time, feeding time, bathing time provided at the ticket counter.

In the area where they keep the elephants, you get to see where they feed and house the elephants.

Recommended for elephant lovers, and for taking photos

Manage your expectations (do not expect elephants to perform) as this is a foundation. It’s expensive (consider this as a donation) and probably used to manage the place.

1  Thank Chuan H
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Reviewed September 7, 2018

peaceful city if some one wants to travel this places Call +94717613047. this is the Guy who took me. best guide in sri lanka i guess. He has huge experience about the laces and people, His lovely Name King Madu

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