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Address: Colombo-Kandy Road | 90km from Colombo, Pinnawala 70130, Sri Lanka
Phone Number: +94 35 2 265284
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You can get close with the elephants 🐘

I think wherever you stay near Colombo or up the west coast the drive will be the issue and rather taint the day but ... if you only ever seen elephants in a zoo and what to get... read more

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I think wherever you stay near Colombo or up the west coast the drive will be the issue and rather taint the day but ... if you only ever seen elephants in a zoo and what to get close and touch and enjoy them this is a good place to do it Lots said on here about the conditions but... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

You have to arrived in advance of the elephant bath time in the river it only lasts a short time. There are photos opportunities of elephants in the water. We had lunch at the restaurant with a view of the elephants bathing, do not expect much in food choices, it is a very touristy area. There is not much to... More 

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Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

it is a very clean place where the elephants are kept, and feeding was very exciting. unfortunately - we could not see the elephants bath as the rivers were high the caretakers kept asking us for tips all the time even to get close to the elephants and they kept harrassing us for money and tips that spoilt the atmosphere

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We went with a driver and a guide, which I would recommend. The first because the place is not easy to find and the second because it is not set out well inside I.e. You need someone to show you whereabouts to go and when. There are no informative leaflets, boards, maps etc. It is pretty much just the elephant... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Good to see there is some organized care for injured and sick elephants in Sri Lanka. Time your visit around the feeding schedule, it's very entertaining! I would combined this with a Safari visit to Udawalawe National Park. I see come complaints regarding the cost to enter the orphanage...It's LKR 500, that's around $3.50 US...less then most people spend on... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

visited here early morning with see lanka travel . arrived in time to see the babies have their milk very interesting . then through to the open areas where the elephants are free to roam . as was pointed out there are large wooden tree trunks around the edge of the area so that should there be a problem we... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

It's an interesting concept, an Elephant orphanage , but when I reached there it looked all like a very mechanical events , chained elephants and not proper signage no proper viewing galleries. You can go in to one of these restaurants or stay at the hotels to view the elephants bathing or feeding of the elephants , which is of... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This is not a great value out of the expensive tickets, on top of taxi cost, to visit. They have lot of elephants and you can have one or two photos but it's not worth the time and cost one spends while going all the way there. Not very clean place.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We took in this visit as part of our tour. When we arrived the elephants were in the river, so walked down past the shops to watch them, which was quite interesting. On the way back up we stopped at an elephant dung paper making factory shop - had a short explanation of how it's done, also good. Then walked... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Cost: LKR2500 per person. How to get there: Bus from Kandy to Kegalle (get off at Karandunpona Junction) - about 60 rupees. Then Second bus from Karandunpona Junction to right outside the orphanage - about 20 rupees. It's easy! Don't trust the tuk tuk drivers at Karandunpona Juntion, they'll tell you that you can't get a bus from Karandunpona Junction... More 

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