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Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

#1 of 3 things to do in Pinnawala Features Animals
Colombo-Kandy Road | 90km from Colombo, Pinnawala 70130, Sri Lanka
+94 35 2 265284
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Interesting experience

Very interesting place to visit. It's worth remembering that most of the elephants here were... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
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Need to see elephant? then go here

If you come to Sri Lanka , never miss this place. It is located closer to Colombo -Kandy road.If... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Colombo, Sri Lanka
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Colombo-Kandy Road | 90km from Colombo, Pinnawala 70130, Sri Lanka
+94 35 2 265284
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Very interesting place to visit. It's worth remembering that most of the elephants here were rescued as babies and would have died in the wild otherwise. It's disconcerting to see chain hobbles on the big males, but understandable if you consider they are not rehabbed...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

If you come to Sri Lanka , never miss this place. It is located closer to Colombo -Kandy road.If you are travelling by railway trains you have to get down from the Rambbukkana railway station and travel by bus( Rambukkana - kegalle buses) from there....More

1  Thank vinuka2017
Reviewed 1 week ago

If this is your only option to see elephants in Sri Lanka (which I doubt it would be), go for it. If you rather see them roam a bit more freely in the wild, try and go for that instead. During our time here the...More

Thank Hannu S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Never seen so many elephants up close and that too of varying sizes. The tour guide usually takes you around showing how they are bathed and fed. The baby elephants are fed by feeding bottles. They are very naughty so you are not allowed to...More

Thank DrSanaYasir
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went with the family, best place to watch elephants, and can see feeding baby elephants with milk bottles, fro babiewto hughe elephants was there.

Thank Indika T
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

While the elephants have more space to roam compared to traditional zoos, they are not allowed to roam free on the grounds, as they are constantly surrounded my herders with sharp sticks who keep them huddled in a tight group. Some elephants are also chained...More

6  Thank cchangphoto
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I rode a bus from the port to Colombo where I was served a delicious lunch and then I could walk through the nearby shops for souvenirs. The best part was waiting across the highway where I walked to the elephant orphanage where there are...More

1  Thank Yvonne109E
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to the Elephant Sanctuary and it made a very pleasant last visit to our tour of Sri Lanka. The highlight was the river bath time where some of the Elephants were taken across the road to the local river for...More

Thank fraserfritz
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Nice place to visit, 40 minutes drive outside Kandy. Elephants were walking freely, under the supervision of staff. Entrance Fee in LKR (as of 18th July 2017) is as follows; Foreign adult - 2,500 Foreign child - 1,500 (3-12 years) SAARC adult - 700 SAARC...More

4  Thank Shehmir S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Well worth a visit. Good value and we thought the elephants were well cared for. Enjoyed feeding them and watching bathe in a natural environment. Loads of elephants here to see.

Thank LucyBeaminster
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