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Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

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B199, Pinnawala 71100, Sri Lanka
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Reviewed yesterday

I am not one to go to Zoos but to see these elephants being cared for in natural surroundings was quite inspiring and well worth the day's trip from Colombo

Thank Rollo B
Reviewed 3 days ago

Now en route from Colombo to Sigiriya one cannot... rather should not miss the Pinnawala elephant orphanage. These are rescued elephants and are not tame, you can see them take bath . Its more of an elephant rehab. If you are here to witness the...More

1  Thank itsmearul
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We saw the elephants bathing and also saw them grazing in the fields. They are not tame, you cannot pet them, they have been rescued from the wild and some are released back into the wild. Sticks are used to guide them but we saw...More

2  Thank Davina E
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

It is a noble cause to take care of elephants that have been disabled and orphaned but the charges to enter are quite sky high... it is not value for money as you spend LKR 2500 just to enter... with that kind of money you...More

Thank traveller7892
Reviewed 6 days ago

The Pinnawala Elephant orphanage was first set up as a tourist spot but is now known for its rehabilitation of elephants. While there we saw herds of elephants in tranquil like conditions and free to roam with extra feed being trucked in. There is information...More

1  Thank vivpidge
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Visited elephant orphanage with my family. Enjoyed every moment of the visit. Missed feeding the baby elephant as only 10 tickets were available.

Thank Sujeeva F
Reviewed 1 week ago

Certainly there are many differing views on the Elephant Orphanage. It is a delight to watch them bathe (and to see how cheeky the little ones can be). Yes there are some chained and possibly the lack of communication regarding why is the issue. (Read...More

Thank BusinessBear
Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited on Boxing Day and were blown away from walking through the gates. From the surreal spectacle of the elephants walking through the middle of town to bathe in the river to bottle feeding the babies this is a once in a lifetime experience...More

Thank Dave F
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went to watch them bathe, you cannot bathe with them. There are men with metal prods but they use them sparingly only when they are getting too close to crowds and could be startled. Most of them really enjoyed the water, and you could tell...More

Thank marilyn c
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

So we went to pinnawala orphanage and it is a very sad sight to see this place needs closing down. The elephants are chained in the water and forced to lay down the men or ogres that force them to do stuff It is out...More

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