Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Pinnawala

Visit Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage and witness the daily life of its pachyderm residents. Meet the rescued or abandoned elephants of all ages, see them play and bathe in the river, and watch the youngest of the herd being bottle-fed. You can help wash an elephant, feed them their daily fruit portions, or take photos with them, but a tip for their carer will probably be expected. Put Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage into our Pinnawala vacation planning site to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Pinnawala.
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  • If u love elephants you will love the place as they have around 65 elephants which them . With all ages from 10 years to 70 years. Kids love this places. You have to see the elephants from 10 feet dis...  more »
  • I was told that this is the most visited tourist attraction in Sri Lanka so expect plenty of tourists and activity here. And as many have said, its not cheap. However if you wish to spend a day with e...  more »
  • We stayed in Negombo and it was a 2 hour drive from our hotel to the elephant orphanage, along the way we visited the herbal garden and a tea factory. It was nice to see the elephants bathing in the r...  more »
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  • The Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage is unique in this world. This is where the elephants that have been injured in the past civil war, illnesses, other injuries and the captive breeding are located. Elephants love the water and it is in the river where we can see the elephants enjoy themselves. Hotel Elephant Park is a convenient vantage point to see this elephant activity. We cooled down with a drink and enjoyed the event. The path to this river vantage point is surrounded by stores.
  • They beat these elephants. I have seen it. These animals are beaten with bull hooks and they offer elephant rides (if you have studied Elephant anatomy you will know about elephants bony ridge along their back which is incredibly sensitive and not designed to be sat on) which are actually agonising for elephants. Don't go here and don't take elephant rides if you love elephants. Just google Pinnawala Elephant Abuse and there are numerous accounts of people witnessing the mahouts battering these creatures. It has been photographed and filmed many times. They also breed them and tear the babies from them and send them to abusive zoos and circuses. There is no worse place on earth for elephants. Please, please, don't go. And don't take elephant rides.
  • Expect walking. Plan your visit according to the activities schedule. You're probably going to spend some time there. Please LIKE the review if you found it helpful 👍
  • * Nice Place to watch elephants closely. * You can experience milk feeding to baby elephants & feed a much older one. * Elephants bathing @ maoya is another rich experience. * Lots of space, long walking paths & gardens. * Nice & Clean environment + Friendly staff. * Will be an unforgettable experience for nature lovers. * Although some are chained they seems to have much freedom & good life conditions (after all this a orphanage where lost elephants were take care)
  • Great place where I saw elephants for the first time. And the greatest thing about it is that the elephants are almost free. They’re not strained or in captive. The schedule was good, almost to the minute. I really hope it stays that way.
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