A quick trip to Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage in Sri Lanka was a very interesting experience in getting up close and personal with elephants. This huge 25-acre (10 hectare) elephant sanctuary lies in a coconut plantation located halfway between Colombo and the hilly royal city of Kandy. The orphanage was initially designed to care and protect baby elephants found in the jungle who have lost their mothers.
|Herd of Elephants at Pinnawala|
They started in 1975 with five baby elephants. The green elephant pasture grew to become an orphanage, captive breeding ground and nursery known to have the largest captive herd of Elephants in the world. The facility has become one of the popular tourist attractions in Sri Lanka and its income from tourism are used to care for the elephants.
|Elephant Handler and Guide in Pinnawala|
|At 10 AM and 2PM the elephants walk 400 meters to get to Maha Oya River for a bath|
The elephants roam around freely during the day and the event not to be missed during your visit is to witness the elephants' social activities as they bathe and play in the Maha Oya River.
|Tourist Viewing Deck. Bathing views are available in the morning and afternoon|
|Baby Elephant seems happy in the water|
|Elephants bathing in the Oya River for two hours in the afternoon around 2PM|
|Maha Oya River|
Where is it?
Karandupona Rambukkana Road
Pinnawela, Sri Lanka
+94 11 2 712751
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The elephant orphanage is open to the public daily. Feeding starts at 8:00 AM. It's advisable to be there at 9AM in case you're interested in bottle feeding the baby elephant.
Unfortunately, their habitat is gradually destructed as jungles are decreasing so we hope that Pinnawala's efforts somehow alleviate the loss of homes and parents to these baby elephants.
Is it a site you may be interested in visiting?
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