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.
Improve this listing »
Create an itinerary including Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
map
© OpenMapTiles © OpenStreetMap contributors
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage Tours
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 3.5
3,429 reviews
Google
4.0
TripAdvisor
  • I have visited this Orphanage 2 weeks ago (May 2018) The tour bus took us from our hotel in Main Colombo and ride took about 2hr-2.5hrs. We have visited the Elephant place for 20minutes and 10min elep...  more »
  • The Elephant orphanage was on out list to do, but with a little nervousness due to the varying reports. However these nerves were soon dissipated, as you enter the orphanage there are education boards...  more »
  • We are travelling in a group and were only unsure whether we really should visit the "orphanage" for the full reviews. In retrospect it was not worth the whole my opinion because it is no longer in the orphanage. The basic idea was another sure and it is also clear that such facilities must somehow pay. Our questions (for example, how many times elephant again be released, how old are the elephants, etc.) were only very inadequately answered. The scenery is very beautiful for photos to see elephants I rather recommend a Safari in one of the national parks.
    View original
Google
  • 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.
Places to stay near Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

Plan your trip to Pinnawala

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans to Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage by other users

9 days in Sri Lanka BY A USER FROM SAUDI ARABIA January, relaxing, romantic, beaches, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: January, relaxing, romantic, beaches, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 5 days in Sri Lanka BY A USER FROM THE DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO December, kids, popular sights PREFERENCES: December, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 23 days in Sri Lanka BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM November, culture, outdoors, beaches, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: November, culture, outdoors, beaches, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 9 days in Sri Lanka BY A USER FROM INDIA February, kids, popular sights PREFERENCES: February, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 6 days in Kandy BY A USER FROM INDIA November, popular sights PREFERENCES: November ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 4 days in Kandy BY A USER FROM INDIA November, popular sights PREFERENCES: November ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 13 days in Sri Lanka BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES November, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: November, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 8 days in Sri Lanka BY A USER FROM INDIA December, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: December, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 16 days in Sri Lanka & Maldives BY A USER FROM BAHRAIN November, popular sights PREFERENCES: November ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 22 days in Sri Lanka BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM March, popular sights PREFERENCES: March ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 14 days in Sri Lanka BY A USER FROM INDIA January, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: January, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 5 days in Sri Lanka BY A USER FROM INDIA October, relaxing, beaches, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: October, relaxing, beaches, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium
View more plans