An orphanage for majestic creatures of the jungle, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage offers care and loving protection over many orphaned Asian elephants found in the tropics of Sri Lanka. First established in 1975 as a sanctuary for orphaned baby elephants, it now stands as a large orphanage extending care for a large number of these magnificent creatures. There are events like bathing, feeding and walking these Asian elephants. It’s a highly anticipated event by both the tourist and local crowd. As it lies by the Ma oya (Ma River) each day these elephants are taken to the stream to bathe them. It’s a beautiful sight to see the entire herd splashing each other with water and mud while the mahouts clean them. This destination is an incredible opportunity to animal enthusiasts to interact with these lovable creatures.
Weather and Distance to Pinnawala
Pinnawala is sunny with minor rains at times. It’s mostly known for being warm and sunny, preferred by the elephants as well.
Pinnawala is situated in the Kegalle district, and is about 90 kms from Colombo.
What to do in Pinnawala while you travel in Sri Lanka
- Watch elephants being fed
You could get a chance to feed these majestic creatures with milk and the older animals with green matter at 9.15 AM, 1:15 PM and 5:00 PM.
- See the herd leaving the river
The herd daily visits the river at 10:00 AM -12:00 PM in the morning and the other herd visits the river at 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM.
- Visit the magnificent giants
You can visit the elephants at the orphanage and interact with them as well. It’s truly an amazing experience.
- Buy a souvenir!
There are many products made from elephant dung! Paper, vases and all beautiful creators are available to customers!
What to see
- Elephants being fed and nourished by the orphanage. It’s truly a great sight to see.
Places to stay
Pinnawala has a large number of resorts and guesthouses at your service, with prices ranging from as low as 10$ to 5 star hotels at an average of 250$, so you can choose to suit your budget.
Pinnawala Entrance ticket fees
Foreign adult- approx. USD 16
Foreign child- approx. USD7
Pinnawala has a great array of delicious Sri Lankan food, rice and curry with amazing curries to please your palate with the Lankan spices!
In conclusion, if you are an animal enthusiast or simply a lover of elephants, get down to Pinnawala and share the majestic love!Book your tickets with Travel Sri Lanka today!