Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

The Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage is situated in the town of Kegalle, between the capital of Sri Lanka, Colombo and the ancient royal city Kandy. The Elephant orphanage was established in the year 1975 by the Sri Lanka Wildlife Department in a 25 acre coconut property adjoining the river Maha Oya.

The Orphanage was founded to care and protect many orphaned elephants found in the jungles of Sri Lanka. The Pinnawala elephant orphanage is very popular in the world and is visited by many foreign tourists to observe the main attraction which is the bathing of the elephants as its quite spectacular.

 A tourist can reach Pinnawala Elephant orphanage by travelling by bus, train or a private vehicle via the A1 Colombo- Kandy road and turning off at the 82km Post towards Kegalle. The closest railway station is at Rambukkana which is 2km away from the village of Pinnawala.

The elephants at the Orphanage are not subjected to any form of stress or abuse and are supported by a team of employees including a large number of Mahouts who take the elephants to bathe twice a day in the Maha Oya River and the baby elephants are especially bottle fed by the mahouts and the volunteers. The first baby elephant was born in the year 1984 with the inception of the breeding program for Asian elephants and today most of these orphaned elephants are able to witness the birth of their third generation at the orphanage.

The Elephant orphanage consists about 150 elephants aged 1-20 years. The Pinnawala elephant orphanage is opened daily at 8.30 am and closes at 6 pm daily. The bathing times are scheduled at the river at 10 am and 2pm respectively and bottle feeding is done using diluted milk powder. In general the bathing hours are followed by the feeding hour and selected visitors have an opportunity of bottle feeding milk to the baby elephants.

Car Parking Available - Charges May Apply
Open Hours / Schedule

0830 - 1800 Hrs

Suitable For Everyone
Time taken for a visit (roughly) 0 - 4

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