Pinnawala, Sri Lanka
My name is Chanaka and I will be your TripBuddy for this beautiful Tour. Software Engineer by profession but passionate traveler in spare time.
I enjoy traveling and showing my country to others. I will arrange your Door to Door pick up and drop off during our tour. I can pick up from Colombo and suburbs at your convenience. You may reach me directly for any questions.
Why Pinnawala Is Important?
Nestled in the District of Kegalle about 90km away from the capital Colombo lies a scenic village called Pinnawala which boasts one of the best tourist attractions in the island Sri Lanka; Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage.
Since its inception in 1975 by the Department of Wildlife Conservation in Sri Lanka the orphanage is dedicated to its noble cause of protecting Sri Lankan baby elephants who are abandoned or lost in the forests due to natural and man-made causes.
The 25 acre land adjacent to the Maha Oya river provides an ultimate shelter to these compassionate giants to grow and freely wander. Apart from nurturing the baby elephants, this invigorating sanctuary provides shelter to adult elephants who are wounded in the forests. The orphanage is not merely an orphanage, but also a nursery and a captive breeding ground operating to conserve the Asian elephant.
The orphanage is home to more than 100 captive Asian elephants and takes pride in owning the world’s biggest herd of them. This never to be missed place has so much to offer if you are looking for acquaintance with the jumbos in the forests.
The jumbos are taken to the river for their bathing session twice daily; from 10 a.m. until 12.00 noon and from 2.00 p.m. to 4.00 p.m.
Feeding the Baby’s
Observing the baby jumbos being bottle fed by their human foster mothers and fathers is another enthralling experience at the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage. You can watch as the baby jumbos impatiently gulp the formula fed to them thrice daily; at 9.15 a.m. 1.15 a.m. and 5.00 p.m.All the visitors are entitled to engage in observing daily caring routines practiced at the orphanage.
Daily Schedule at ETH
08.30 hours Open to visitors
09.15 hours Bottle feeding
10.00 hours Herd leaving to the river
12.00 hours Return from the river
13.15 hours Bottle feeding
14.00 hours Herd leaving to the river
16.00 hours Return from the river
17.00 hours Bottle feeding
17.30 hours Ticket counters close
18.00 hours Close to public
Door to Door Pick up and Drop Off. Passengers must provide the Hotel information in Colombo. Maximum 4 Passengers.
Cameras, Swimwear, Hats, Sun Cream, water and snacks.
Will make lunch stops based on customer preference.
Bring your drone if you may like. Dress comfortably as it is high in humidity.
Average Tour Time: 6 to 8 Hours