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 - Review

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.

Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage Information

  • 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.

Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage Ticket Prices

  • Foreign Adult – approx USD 16
  • Foreign Child – approx USD 8

How To reach Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage by Public Transport

  • You can hire a taxi or rent a drive yourself car from the main city to get here.
  • By Bus station: Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

Restaurants Near Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

  • Hotel Elephant bay
  • Hotel elephant park
  • Hotel Pinnalanda

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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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Things to Know Before Visiting Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

  • 95% of people who visit Kandy include Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage in their plan

  • 57.55% 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 Saturday

94.59% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

People normally club together Udawattakelle Sanctury and Royal Botanic Gardens while planning their visit to Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage.

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Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Kandy Reviews

  • The Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage is unique in this world. This is where the elephants that have been injured in the past civil war, illnesses, other injuries and the captive breeding are located. Elephants love the water and it is in the river where we can see the elephants enjoy themselves. Hotel Elephant Park is a convenient vantage point to see this elephant activity. We cooled down with a drink and enjoyed the event. The path to this river vantage point is surrounded by stores.

  • Nice place, if you want support orphan elephants. You will see river and small pack of elephants. Dont expect you will spend there more then 30-60 min. So its good as part of trip not main goal.

  • They beat these elephants. I have seen it. These animals are beaten with bull hooks and they offer elephant rides (if you have studied Elephant anatomy you will know about elephants bony ridge along their back which is incredibly sensitive and not designed to be sat on) which are actually agonising for elephants. Don't go here and don't take elephant rides if you love elephants. Just google Pinnawala Elephant Abuse and there are numerous accounts of people witnessing the mahouts battering these creatures. It has been photographed and filmed many times. They also breed them and tear the babies from them and send them to abusive zoos and circuses. There is no worse place on earth for elephants. Please, please, don't go. And don't take elephant rides.

  • Expect walking. Plan your visit according to the activities schedule. You're probably going to spend some time there. Please LIKE the review if you found it helpful 👍

  • * Nice Place to watch elephants closely. * You can experience milk feeding to baby elephants & feed a much older one. * Elephants bathing @ maoya is another rich experience. * Lots of space, long walking paths & gardens. * Nice & Clean environment + Friendly staff. * Will be an unforgettable experience for nature lovers. * Although some are chained they seems to have much freedom & good life conditions (after all this a orphanage where lost elephants were take care)

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