Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Pinnawala

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#1 of 18 in Wildlife in Sabaragamuwa Province
Nature / Park · Wildlife Area
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Visit Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage and witness the daily life of its pachyderm residents. Meet the rescued or abandoned elephants of all ages, see them play and bathe in the river, and watch the youngest of the herd being bottle-fed. You can help wash an elephant, feed them their daily fruit portions, or take photos with them, but a tip for their carer will probably be expected. Put Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage into our Pinnawala vacation planning site to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Pinnawala.
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  • We landed in Colombo around 7.30am and headed straight up to the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage which was around 2.5/3 hour drive. Be sure to time your visit when the elephants do their walk from... 
    We landed in Colombo around 7.30am and headed straight up to the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage which was around 2.5/3 hour drive. Be sure to time your visit when the elephants do their walk from...  more »
  • So sad that this place is not a sanctuary nor a orphanage, IT IS LITERALLY A ZOO. Elephants are chained as they claim to protect the babies. They are even chained under the water of Pinnawala river... 
    So sad that this place is not a sanctuary nor a orphanage, IT IS LITERALLY A ZOO. Elephants are chained as they claim to protect the babies. They are even chained under the water of Pinnawala river...  more »
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  • ❌This is not home, this is torture.❌ They may be fooling you into thinking that they are big animals that need to be led. But it is so transparent that the they have drowned in thier own lies. This circus is only to make money. ALL five star reviews are local government employees who have been informed that they need to review the highest rating and it is included in their employment contract to do so.
  • We love it here it is amazing for children and they do a lot to educate you on elephants. They raise a lot of money to help elephants in Sri Lanka. After Covid they are having a lot of restrictions and a lot of shops have closed. Hopefully things will get better and the tourists will come back soon.

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