Pinnawala Baby Elephant Orphanage


14.6/5(9 Ratings)
Ranked 2 of 26 sightseeing in Kandy

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  • Best Time: During DayLength of visit: 2-3hrs
  • Length of visit: 2-3hrsBest Time: During Day
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Operating hours

8:30 am - 6:00 pm
8:30 am - 6:00 pm
8:30 am - 6:00 pm
8:30 am - 6:00 pm
8:30 am - 6:00 pm
8:30 am - 6:00 pm
8:30 am - 6:00 pm

Entry Fee

LKR 700
LKR 350

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Reviews and Ratings

Digvijay Sharma

Digvijay Sharma4.3/5

69 reviews

Elephant open zoo

Basically we called it as elephant open zoo as we have seen in Kerala in india too. Perfect location for children to watch elephant in their natural habitat.

Jagdish Raval

Jagdish Raval4.3/5

415 reviews

A nice place to visit

From Colombo Airport we drive to DAMBULLA at a distance of 174 km from Colombo Airport via Pinnawala. We visited Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage for 1 hour. Here we found so many elephant of all ages. This is a shelter of elephant. A nice place. Do visit. NOT IN Kandy BUT 40 KM FROM Kandy.
  • A nice place to visit

Lakshmi Priya

Lakshmi Priya4.3/5

7 reviews

An enjoyable experience for the children

Nice Place for a day outing from Colombo. It takes 3 hours from Colombo. Entrance fees are separate and you should produce your passports to get a ticket as the prices are different for different nationals. You should reach there by 10 am. They take Elephants for bathing in a river nearby. The bathing time is for 2 hours. Then comes the feeding time. For feeding one should buy separate tickets ( it is not included in entrance fees). One can buy fruits (inside stalls are there). They don't allow fruits from outside the orphanage. One can also bottle feed a Baby Elephant. The feeding time starts from 1.15 PM. The are nearby restaurant which are expensive. One can pack it either from Colombo or can have it in Warakapola. Elephant poo paper is a must buy. Other things you can buy in Colombo at Sea Street or at Water's edge. You get the same at affordable prices.

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Govindan Naganathan

Govindan Naganathan5.0/5

163 reviews

Must visit place if one is visiting Kandy

Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage is on the way to Kandy from Colombo. This is must visit place if one is visiting Kandy. Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage is in Sabaragamuwa Province of Sri Lanka. An entry fee is charged which is Rs. 700 /-(SLR) per head. The orphanage is open for visitors from 8. 30 AM to 5. 30 PM. One can watch the elephants being taken to river for bath in herds at 10 AM and 2 PM and return from river after bath at 12 noon and 4 PM. The Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage was established by the Sri Lankan Department of Wildlife Conservation for feeding and providing care and sanctuary to orphaned baby elephants that were found in the wild. This is situated in a 25 Acre coconut plantation area near river Maa Oya. Elephants are taken in groups for bathing to Maa Oya River. We were told by the guide that there are around 60/70 elephants consisting of baby elephants and grownup ones. The orphanage feed, nurse and house young elephants found abandoned by their mothers. Young elephants sometimes fall into pits and ravines in their quest for water during drought period. These elephants are brought to orphanage and cared for. Veterinary care is provided for wounded elephants which are adopted by this orphanage. We went from Pinnawala orphanage to River Maa Oya which is just across the orphanage to watch elephants bathing. There are a lot of Hotels offering good food near the Elephant orphanage.

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  • Must visit place if one is visiting Kandy
  • Must visit place if one is visiting Kandy
  • Must visit place if one is visiting Kandy
  • Must visit place if one is visiting Kandy

Vidyasagar Mehta

Vidyasagar Mehta5.0/5

97 reviews

Elephant home

The orphanage was established in 1975 and has 23 breeds of Elephant babies. The Elephant are free to roam around the park and you can feed them with leaves. There are separate tickets for SAARC national and foreign national.
  • Elephant home
  • Elephant home
  • Elephant home
  • Elephant home

Ashish .

Ashish .5.0/5

4 reviews

A place full of vibes

A good place to enjoy with freinds. Food is easily available and casinos are a must visit. People are co-operative. One should visit for leisure and will have a good holiday.

Nitesh Kothari

Nitesh Kothari5.0/5

3 reviews

Amidst a lot of Elephants

This place was the first on our itinerary; kids loved it thoroughly. We clicked great snaps and had a great time overall. Sri Lankan tourism department offered a discount for all SAARC countries passport holders. It was a really sweet gesture from them. We had a great time inside the place where we saw baby elephants taking bath.

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Pinnawala Baby Elephant Orphanage, Kandy

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Jagdish Raval

Pinnawala Baby Elephant Orphanage, Kandy
Pinnawala Baby Elephant Orphanage, Kandy

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Vidyasagar Mehta

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Pinnawala Baby Elephant Orphanage, Kandy

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Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Kandy

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