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Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Pinnawala

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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. Plan your visit to Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Pinnawala tour planner.
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Where to stay in Pinnawala

The number of accommodations available in Pinnawala remains pretty modest, so make sure to book in advance. As you'd expect, lodgings lie very close to the elephant orphanage, with options including rental villas, characterful homestays, and some budget hotels. To the south along the main road (accessible by bus from Pinnawala proper), a couple of hotels provide alternative lodgings if the village fills up. Some visitors opt to stay in Kandy, about an hour to the east and linked to the orphanage by rail and road.
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  • Arrived and were able to see the elephants grazing in a large area with trees, rocks etc, then we got to see the baby elephants feeding and then had lunch in a nearby restaurant overlooking a wide riv...  more »
  • The elephants were beautiful to see and arrived when they were down at the river. But to be honest, the place had a bit of weird vibe and felt very touristy. Some elephants were chained, although I wa...  more »
  • Getting up close and personal to elephants is such a great feeling. These huge friendly animals are so gentle and docile and a real joy to interact with. They are well cared for and washing them after...  more »
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  • Good place for relaxing and enjoy. There are more than 60 orphaned elephants in here. Professional staff is working. Need to buy tickets for enter. Foreign tickets are much higher than locals. Elephant bathing and and baby elephants milk feeding are awesome two events. Toilets are clean and tidy. Shops and restaurants are nearby.
  • Great experience if you are fond of elephants. You can see baby elephants being fed by huge milk bottles. We were taken to a little terrace where we could feed fruits to an elephant. If there are kids, they would enjoy. Finally the elephant parading towards the river for fun and frolic is not to be missed..
  • It's a nice place to visit your holiday with a beautiful view of elephants. In this sanctuary you can see feeding baby elephants, elephant bathing and you can also feed elephants with certain restrictions which is a worthy experience. You can bring food inside but please keep the premises clean. Dispose litter to dedicated bins. The daily program is printed on the back of the ticket so you can arrange your time accordingly.
  • Worth spending time, specially if you are a tourist or parent lookingn for an outing. You can watch milk feeding and elephant bath twice a day. There is a resting place inside the sanctuary where you also can feed fruits and if you tired do some swinging. Kids will Enjoy the staff. Better officials share and talk to people about important information.
  • The place is worth visiting there are plenty of things to see and understand about the wild elephants but very disappointed about the staff some are taking money letting visitors to touch and take photos with elephants. You better be avoid doing that. Fee is reasonable and service is in a satisfactory level.