Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

Currently Open [Closes at 06:00 pm]
  • 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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  • Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage Address: B199, Rambukkana 71100, Sri Lanka, Kandy
  • Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage Timing: 08:30 am - 06:00 pm
  • Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage Price: 15 USD
  • Best time to visit Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage(preferred time): 09:00 am - 02:00 pm
  • Time required to visit Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage: 05:00 Hrs
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  • 62.3% of people who visit Kandy include Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage in their plan

  • 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

Monday, Wednesday and Sunday

93.13% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

People normally club together Tea Museum and Deliwala Kota Vehera Temple while planning their visit to Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage.

* The facts given above are based on traveler data on TripHobo and might vary from the actual figures
  • EXPERIENCE WAS ABSOLUTE BONKERS! You can see nearly 90 elephants bathing, eating and strolling. You get to learn a lot there. Beautiful landscape as well. Ticket is pretty economical too. This is the biggest orphanage in the world and one of a kind experience so make time for this place to visit if you're in Sri Lanka.

  • It's basically an orphanage for elephants and I personally didn't enjoy it. There were events scheduled on day and better be present for such. Service areas were excellent and the washrooms were clean and tidy.

  • A beautiful place for elephants!! Located 2 hours driving from Colombo in the middle of nature you can find this sanctuary!! You can see hundreds of them and get close to them!! These beautiful creatures are really peacefull and friendly!! You can see also the bath time and fees and entrance very cheap!! I loved this place and recommend to visit if you travel to Sri Lanka

  • Wonderful. Great balance struck between the total freedom of these great but vunerable animals and safety of staff, other elephants and patrons. Really enjoyable day and would encourage others to go and $€£ contribute to the welfare of one of the greatest animals on the planet.

  • Fun interaction with elephants. Check the timings before you go. Refer the pic posted. There were no infant elephants when we went, so there is no milk feeding in the near future. However fruit feeding and bathing are really fun.

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