Pinnawala Elephant OrphanageCurrently Closed
- Address: B199, Rambukkana 71100, Sri Lanka, Kandy
- Timings: 08:30 am - 06:00 pm Details
- Ticket Price: 15 USD
- Time Required: 05:00 Hrs
- Tags: Wildlife Sanctuary , Nature
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage is an orphanage, nursery and captive breeding ground for wild Asian elephants located at Pinnawala village, 13 km (8.1 mi) northwest of Kegalle town in Sabaragamuwa Province of Sri Lanka The orphanage was originally founded in order to afford care and protection to the orphaned wild elephants found wandering in and near the forests of Sri Lanka. It was established in 1975 by the Sri Lanka Department of Wildlife Conservation. The orphanage has round about 70 elephants that are nurtured and taken care of and it is amazing to see their routine and how various programs like recycling the poop to paper are carried out. Each animal is also given around 70 kg of green matter a day and around 2 kg from a food bag containing rice bran and maize. The orphanage which boasts to have the largest herd of captive elephants in the world is very popular and visited daily by many Sri Lankan and foreign tourists. The main attraction is clearly to observe the elephants bathing which is quite a spectacle. A must visit place for all the animal lovers.
- The site is open on all days.
- Do no miss the bottle feeding and the bathing session of the elephants.
- Elephants although admirable and trained are still animals and should be approached with caution and care.
- If the elephants have a calf be more careful and keep a safe distance.
- Foreign Adult – approx USD 16
- Foreign Child – approx USD 8
- You can hire a taxi or rent a drive yourself car from the main city to get here.
- By Bus station: Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
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62.57% of people who visit Kandy include Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage in their plan
09 AM - 10 AM
57.93% of people start their Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage visit around 09 AM - 10 AM
People usually take around 5 Hrs to see Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
93.13% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
A good initiative to protect elephants, feed them and take care of them. You might get a touristy feel here but if you spend more time you will find opportunities to interact with the elephants and observe them in their daily activities. They started the place with a few (3-5) elephants but now they are taking care of 88 elephants, both old and young, males and females. They also have a souvenir shop which has good items for purchase. You should talk more to the staff there if you want to know about the elephants, ask for their names and give them food. They also use elephant dung to make paper which provides jobs to several people and thus the food for elephants is also put to good use.
Visited: Sep 4, 2018 We visited only the bathing spot for the elephants. You need to be aware that you have to be there exactly at the prescribed time for the bathing or else you will miss the spectacle. Its fun to watch the elephants enjoy the rain bath. Kids will love it even more.
We went there with our School childrens. Amazing experience for kids. They love it. There are specific times for milk feeding and bathing the elephants. You can touch the Elephants but be careful with chained ones. There are few shops making papers fom Elephants Poo.
One of the most attractive place near Kegalle and Rambukkana towns. You can watch activities of elephants here mainly bathing and bottle feeding of elephants. The elephants here are not tamed, they are wild elephants. So some newly orphaned elephants may have chained until they are get used to the place. See photos for time you can watch elephants activities.
Nice place with lots of elephants in their natural environment. Good experience for little fellas. Even got the chance to see the bathing of elephants. Might need a cap on sunny days. Real experience.