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Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

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Colombo-Kandy Road | 90km from Colombo, Pinnawala 70130, Sri Lanka
+94 35 2 265284
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HIGHLY GLAMORIZED AND OVER RATED PLACE

My wife and I visited this place in the second week of October and found the place highly over... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Vijai K
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London, United Kingdom
Watching Elephants with Freedom

Entrance fee high for tourists. River bath and milk feeding are good. Nice Restaurants in front of... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
RuwanTech
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Kurunegala, Sri Lanka
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  • Excellent28%
  • Very good33%
  • Average18%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible13%
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“the river” (1,070 reviews)
“baby elephants” (364 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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Colombo-Kandy Road | 90km from Colombo, Pinnawala 70130, Sri Lanka
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+94 35 2 265284
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Reviewed 5 days ago

My wife and I visited this place in the second week of October and found the place highly over rated and highly glamorized. Its just a place where perhaps you have very high expectations and end with a whimper. We saw around 30 elephants in...More

Thank Vijai K
Reviewed 1 week ago

Entrance fee high for tourists. River bath and milk feeding are good. Nice Restaurants in front of Orphanage

Thank RuwanTech
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Really enjoyed this experience to see them at quite close range. Not to be missed. The best part is being able to sit in relative comfort and watch from the cafe balcony.

Thank Diane F
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband and I say this was the highlight of our trip to Sri Lanka. As Americans, we have never been so close to elephants much less in a natural habitat. Check the schedule and go for bathing time at the river. You can have...More

1  Thank martham352017
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Personally I didn't love the experience as I had already seen elephants before in the wild or sat on them for joy rides/forest safari rides around India Also the elephants were chained while they were bathing which made me feel uncomfortable. But overall it's a...More

1  Thank Anums_88
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Only good thing is elephant bathing in the river. Otherwise nothing is there to see. Entrence fee is high. Can be visited onc. only for elephant lovers. for each thing to feed they take money. Elephant bathing was best:)

Thank KARANKAJU14
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We went even though mixed reviews made an effort to go and stay; feeding the elephant was awesome but watching them bathe they were chained up in the river and manned by staff with sharp forks one ran off in fear when one approached. We...More

1  Thank jessshaw1221
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I visited this place along with my friends. Entry ticket is 700 LKR for SAARC residents and 2500 LKR for others. This was the biggest let-off for me, as the difference between the pricing is absolutely ridiculous. We paid another 350 LKR to feed milk...More

Thank Saurabh A
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went here today, expecting a wonderful day seeing and looking after elephants, it was quite shocking to see them chained up, with deep cuts into there skin due to the affects of the chains, some of them couldn’t move freely ie roll over into the...More

2  Thank cheshiretravel0001
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place was started in 1975 with 5 elephants now there is around 90 elephants get shelter under the wild forest department........

1  Thank jjedentours
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