Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Pinnawala

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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 planned a one day stay at Pinnawala as we heard that the kids can enjoy bottle feeding the baby animals and also bathing them in the river. We visited the orphanage and were disappointed that... 
    We planned a one day stay at Pinnawala as we heard that the kids can enjoy bottle feeding the baby animals and also bathing them in the river. We visited the orphanage and were disappointed that...  more »
  • The elephant sanctuary in Sri Lanka's pinnawala town is a major sanctuary for orphaned and injured elephants. The road to the orphanage is perhaps one of the most scenic drive you may come across in.....  more
    The elephant sanctuary in Sri Lanka's pinnawala town is a major sanctuary for orphaned and injured elephants. The road to the orphanage is perhaps one of the most scenic drive you may come across in.....  more »
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  • Personally I'm against animal caging, no matter what the size of the cage is. On the other hand I'm so glad that they have got a place to stay free from human abuse. You can buy the tickets at the counter. I'm not sure about the time of the performance time, but there's time, if you are interested you can watch elephants perform (freedom in exchange for performing). Photos are bit dated by the way ;).
  • It is a very thin moral border of keeping them alive and letting them be free. Anyways it is nice for kids to see that many elephants that close, however for adults picture of chained animals being held for entertainment is pretty sad. 3000 rupee is definitely too much, it is better to book a room riverside and have a breakfast from a distance when it at least feels that those lovely animals are free and not chained.

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