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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  • I was initially worried about going to this place. A lot of reports talk about the elephants being chained up which seriously could prevent any form of enjoyment. We did not actually go into the...  more »
  • All elephant chained at night. Most show strong stereotypic behaviours. Many elephants are fat - saw a mahout feeding ice cream to one elephant. Many have chain scars on their legs and must stand in.....  more »
  • The institution's mission is to provide shelter to orphaned elephants who were stranded in the wild. Although I feel that I only got to see just a glimpse of how the elephants are being treated, it...  more »
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  • This is a place located before the city Sigiria. They have a orphanage for the elephants. They everyday take care of these elephants. There are around 400 500 elephants in this orphanage. If you visit around 10.30 am you could see elephants taking bath. The view from there is also amazing a flowing river along with green lush mountains behind and these elephants taking bath. They have well thought and planned out this place. Towards the bath the orphanage people have allowed the locals to establish their shops in the lane where they sell elephants wood carvings and paper made from elephants dung. But its bit overpriced. Inside the orphanage you are also allowed to feed the elephants. The area of orphanage is quiet huge.
  • Its not an Orphanage, it’s a business model and the elephants are paying the price. No information about the organization and what they do. If you really want to help DON’T visit it. If you really want to see elephants in their natural habitats go on a safari in a national park. Not chained and abused in a so called orphanage.
  • This is wonderful place to visit sply for kids / elephant lovers, but somehow these are semi wild elephants , tied with iron chain its not good to watch with it.. this is more commercial places than orphanage. but i liked it , Paying Rs 1000/- is worth it...
  • This place is a nightmare for elephants. They are abused and chained up the entire time. Elephants are intelligent and community oriented animals and this places denies them dignity to live out their lives peacefully. The mahouts are cruel and the babies get taken away from the mother’s so tourists can pay to feed them. Please don’t support this place and don’t be fooled into believing that the elephants enjoy being a spectacle. They are beautiful creatures and deserve to be treated with respect.
  • The pinnawala Elephant Orphanage is popular among both locals and foreigners. It has been opened in 1975. Asian Elephants are located there. December 2019: Ticket prices as below Foreigner: Rs.3000/= and a locals Rs.110/=. Bathing time at the river starts around 10am. Most enjoyable time is the bathing time for Elephants and also for tourists, is the same.

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