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Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
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USD 461.16*
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5 Day Sri Lanka Tour
Ranked #1 of 4 things to do in Pinnawala
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Useful Information: Activities for older children
Reviewed 12 May 2015 via mobile

If you are in Lanka. Then you must visit here. It's a really nice experience
Shops for souvenirs are available
You can encounter the elephants in different situations
-feeding
-bathing
-and at the park
The schedule for each place can be seen in the photo I have attached.
Chairs are available for elderly (haven't seen wheel chairs there though)
It's situated in the way between Colombo and Kandy. So can visit while going back to Colombo before leaving the country (that's what I did)
Bad thing about the place is the sellers in the shops. They will be annoying you if you cross by them trying to make you enter their shop obviously

Overall. It's an excellent experience

Thank caesardr
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Reviewed 12 May 2015

We visited in Sept 2002 and had a magical day. We were with our guide Dia and he got us right down into the water with the elephants.we washed them and spent a wonderful half hour in the water whilst crowds of people watched from above.a truly magical time.unfortunately I don't have photos uploaded on my computer,they are in 2 albums that are guarded with my life.

Thank Di M
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Reviewed 11 May 2015

If you are going to Sri Lanka this is a must-see! The elephants are in their natural environment and you can go right up close to them. The staff try to sell you fruit to feed the animals with but it's a bit of a rip off. There's no need to feed them really, just seeing them was enough!

Thank TravellerUK79
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Reviewed 11 May 2015 via mobile

Pinnawala orphanage : 1.5 hrs drive away from colomobo, can be reached by taxi. One of the places to visit and spend ur day with elephants instead of humans
Nicely maintained orphanage where there are timings for elephant bathing, fruit feeding and milk feeding with charges for each activity.
Its good to see a handful of elephants marching towards the lake for bath for 2 hrs and enjoying the water with their trunks..
Better be prepared for the heat under sun as its all in open and difficult to find shade..
Way back to the orphanage from lake there are shops selling gifts made from elephant dung in a nice n recyclable manner.
All in all nice experience,however tickets are costly for foreigner, so do check out before going.

Thank Deepti T
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Reviewed 11 May 2015

It was great to take a stroll among the elephants and even better the elephant bath. The horrible think was not only the price of the ticket but the incredible amount of money the guards had requested for taking a picture with you / your kids with an elephant (8 USD at the park and 16 USD at the river). This behaviour spoiled the whole visit.

Thank _certik_
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