Pinnawala Travel Guide

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Pinnawala Things to Do

  • Pinnawela elephant orphanage

    Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage - started in 1975 to house the abandoned and the wounded, the orphanage has grown to be a big family today.There are 4 feeding time. The first one is 9am. Then you can stroll around the open area where you can take pictures with the elephants. After that, you can proceed to the riverside for viewing the elephants to...

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  • Bathing time

    What a pleasure to watch these animals enjoying themselves in the river! One wishes almost to join them.

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  • On the way to the bath

    You have to be in place when the elephants start coming down the alley to take a bath in the river. It's just amazing how close you get to so many elephants. It's quite a sight when they all but stampede down to the river.

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  • Elephant orphanage

    This elephant orphanage is one of the cutest places I've ever been to. So many elephants at such close range is hard to find, except maybe in Chobe National Park in Botswana. Anyway, there is an entrance fee to the orphanage and if you want to take your picture with an elephant then you have to pay a hefty extra fee again directly to the mahout....

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  • Elephants Bathing

    There are 3 elephant bathing time. The first one is around 11am. Then you can stroll around the open area where you can take pictures with the elephants. After that, you can proceed to the riverside for viewing the elephants to bath. Admission is Rs500.My driver knows a good place to get me to view the elephants. I enjoyed my tea there as well.

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  • MORE SPACE

    Over sixty Elephants are free to roam around,the baby ones are gorgeous and so hairy.This picture lets you see how much room there is at the orphanage its amazing.

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  • LOTS OF ROOM

    We were a bit worried before going to the orphanage,thinking it might be just like another zoo,we need'nt have worried,we couldnt believe how much room they have to roam around in.

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  • HAVE YOUR PHOTO TAKEN!!

    You can have your photo taken with the elephants but will have to pay the mahouts,its a small price to pay to get fantastic pictures.

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  • MORE WORK

    The Elephants that are reared here are trained to become working animals.This is the best chance to see Elephants up close.

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  • YOU CAN TOUCH THEM!

    You can walk right up to the elephants,we couldnt believe how close you can get to them.The mahouts are exellent with them.

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  • THEY DO WORK AS WELL

    The larger Elephants work as well, here in the background you can see them moving all the logs.The adult Elephants also nurse the baby Elephants.

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  • ELEPHANT DUNG.

    All these young men collect up all the Elephant dung and it gets recycled into paper,envelopes etc.you can buy the gifts at the shop at the Elephant orphanage,dont worry it dosnt smell they eat only natural vegitation

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Pinnawala Restaurants

  • Pinnawala Restaurant

    Since I came here with a tour group, our tables were already reserved. I don't remember what exactly I ate but I remember that there was a buffet.The entrance to the restaurant is a giant elephant.

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  • River Elephant views

    We only had a drink here. The restaurant is next to the river where the elephant come to bathe twice a day. Get there early if you want to have a ring side seat to watch the bathing. To be honest it really doesnt matter what the food is like when the elephants are are around!

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Pinnawala Transportation

  • Transport an elephant

    Sometimes an elephant has to be transported somewhere. Therefore a vehicule has to be found that takes its weight and is big enough to tie up an elephant. We were fortunate enough to see such a transport.

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  • REALLY COMFORTABLE

    we hired this bus for a whole week it was a package deal with our tour operator,It came with a fantastic driver and tour guide.

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  • Chauffer Driven!

    We hired a car & driver for a few days, who sorted out all our accommodation & entrances. We gave a list of the places we wanted to visit. He whittled that list down to a realistic size & off we went. I would definately recommend doing this rather than hiring a car, the driving is crazy here. The main Columbo to Galle road was built to be a normal...

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Pinnawala Shopping

  • Souvenirs

    Just when you enter the orphanage there is a shop to the left of the cashier. I bought a lot of notebooks with elephants on them there. They make good presents and the paper inside is special.If you want more commercial souvenirs then you may buy them in the alley that takes you and the elephants down to the river. The whole street is lined with...

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  • ELEPHANT DUNG PAPER

    At the elephant orphanage there is a shop selling paper,writing books envelopes etc all made from elephants dung.

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Pinnawala Warnings and Dangers

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    by yumyum Written Aug 5, 2007

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    You may get the impression that elephants are very peaceful. Most of the time they are, nevertheless you always need to watch out for the unexpected and if you are next to the elephant obey its mahout.

    don't risk your life

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Pinnawala Tourist Traps

  • Not the Elephant Orphanage you're...

    We took a rikshaw from the Pinnawala junction of Colombo-Kandy road to the Elephant Orphanage (for LKR 100). The young Tuk-Tuk driver found us an easy target and took us to a fake place! He was not that wrong in assessing poor us!! He also remained around to make sure that we buy the expensive, LKR 6500, entrance ticket to get into the...

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  • eephants

    you should must see activity the elephant bathelephant feedingelephant ridingmaking of elephant poo paper factory (just opposite to the entrance of the pinnawala elephant orphange.the hotel was amazing (hotel elephant bay)fantastic activity in pinnawala cheers

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  • You're not alone

    Of course, there are busloads of tourists here and you are not alone. I suggest that you just ignore all the other tourists and enjoy the experience with your favourite big five!

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Pinnawala What to Pack

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    by cazz38 Updated Mar 24, 2005

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    Miscellaneous: I would say wear really comfy shoes,light clothes and take lots of drinking water and dont forget your video camera and your normal cameras.

    Inside the orphanage.
    Related to:
    • Eco-Tourism
    • Adventure Travel

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Pinnawala Off The Beaten Path

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    by cazz38 Updated Mar 24, 2005

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    After leaving Kandy just before we arrived at the elephant orphanage there is a shop along the roadside,it sells the best cashew nuts we tasted it also sells bottled water, fizzy drinks and those lovely red bananas.There is also a toilet which you can use.

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Pinnawala Favorites

  • Currency Exchange

    There is a branch of Ceylone Bank just inside the entrance of the Elephant Orphanage where one can exchange the currency. We found the rates comparable to what we found outside Colombo airport. Service was fast and the staff was friendly.

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  • PAYING EXTRA!!

    While paying to get into the Elephant orphanage you will be charged extra for either a normal camera or a video camera.

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