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Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

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B199, Pinnawala 71100, Sri Lanka
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Reviewed yesterday

People of Sri Lanka can advertise this as an elephant orphanage is a complete joke.It is just an excuse to print money. Most of the adult elephants were chained and appeared to be in distress. The elephant s were confined to a small area and...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Scattups1
Reviewed yesterday

The elephants were a delight and watching them splash around in the river was amazing. 3 hours from Colombo with interesting road sights and villages along the way

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Louise Z
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This was a very disappointing excursion. The elephants were chained up and under a great deal of stress. You can’t get close to the elephants at all for pictures. It was grossly misrepresented in the photos and website. They even have the elephants chained up...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Nanelly
Reviewed 3 days ago

A group of us went here on an organised tour and unfortunately it was rather a disappointment. The elephants were actually quite nice to see but we were herded through in less than half an hour to make room for the next tour group. Also...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank 349elainer
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

I think it’s a must visit if you’re with kids. During elephant feeding you can see the elephants from a very close distance. Elephant Bathing is good to watch. You can notice the elephants playing with each other. Yes they keep few elephants chained, but...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank AshishPriya
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

It is good to see most elephants are happy :). It is not the money machine as reviewed by other people. The elephants are well cared. All the staffs are nice and friendly. The chain on the male elephant is only a protection to tourist....More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank ZHEN G
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We got there at bath time. Elephants seemed to enjoy being in the river. They were given reasonable room to roam, a 30m x 10m section of river. A few wandered past the handlers to forage on the far side of the river ... it...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank ayllim
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Certainly one of the most avoidable experiences.. the elephants are all chained up and seem pretty afraid. There is a place inside where you can feed fruits to the elephants, provided you pay money (and can also pose with the elephant). Those tourists who decided...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 6 days ago

I had been here 15 years ago, so had some idea of what to expect, but still went in two minds about whether it was worthy or not. The development has been enormous, with two hotels now overlooking the bathing area, and a street lined...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Alison M
Reviewed 6 days ago

It is so amazing to see the elephants being taken care of by humans in such a nice way. The herd bathing, the feeding stations, etc are beautiful experiences. This place has lot to offer for kids as well as adults. Be alert while the...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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