Pinnawala Travel Guide

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    by mightywease Written Aug 14, 2005

    The elephants seemed to really enjoy themselves in the river, playing, rolling around, getting cleaned by their mahouts or – like a lot of people when in the tub – just enjoying the relaxation of having a good soak!
    It was really difficult but I resisted the temptation to push Steve in!

    Steve & the elephants
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    by mightywease Written Aug 14, 2005

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    For a small fee you can have your picture taken with some of the elephants. Here is Steve getting to know one of the baby elephants. So cute but a bit too big to have as a pet!

    Steve & friend!
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    by mightywease Written Aug 14, 2005

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    Waiting for food can be so frustrating! With three baby elephants to feed one or two always had to wait and did they let everyone know their displeasure!
    The keepers would come out, the elephants would all raise their trunks and open their mouths in anticipation and .. oh no .. if the keeper walked past they would immediately start to grumble, a low baritone rumbling sound that left you in no doubt how unhappy they were. But .. wait! .. next time the milk doesn’t pass by and .. what relief ! Waiting for food can be frustrating but, ah, it’s worth it in the end!

    Baby Elephant
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    by Treshi Updated Dec 1, 2014

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    Best is to use a car or a tuk tuk to get to the location as trains/buses or any other public transportation does not reach the destination.

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    by Treshi Written Dec 1, 2014

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    The Expo train is also another option to get to Kandy where you can visit the Elephant Orphanage from there. This is usually the first carriage of the normal express train from/to Kandy. We had an excellent trip in this very comfortable AC carriage. The service was excellent..

    Expo Rail Inside the Train Morning Snack Inside the Train Inside the Carriage
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    by Treshi Written Sep 17, 2013

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    Favorite thing: Pinnawela is one of the most important places to see if you are an animal / Elephant lover. The orphaned elephants are looked after in this place to the best abilities to the authorities. Feeding and maintaining a herd of elephants isnt an easy task. Hence, your contribution towards the orphanage will be appreciated by the authorities but ensure that you donate in the right way and to the right authorities. Also, pls take some food for the elephants if you can such as banana etc and they just love it.. Children as well as adults enjoy visiting this place much..

    Fondest memory: I loved the scene of feeding the baby elephants and also seeing them bathing in the nearby river

    Elephants in the Orphanage...lunch time River Bathing.. Afternoon Bath.. River In the orphanage
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