Have you ever wanted to visit an elephant orphanage that does its utmost to care for its elephants? The Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage is a must-visit sanctuary for you! Read on to find out more, before you go!
What Is It?
Entrance to this elephant orphanage is based on a paid ticket and it is managed by the Department of Wildlife Conservation in Sri Lanka. This sanctuary serves as a nursery for elephants who are bred in captivity and their predecessors who have been saved previously.
Where Is It?
Located in the little town of Kegalle, the orphanage is located somewhere between Colombo and Kandy in Sri Lanka. Luxury resorts such as the Earl’s Regency Kandy will be able to take away the stress of planning and organising the transport for its guests.
Apart from being able to feed the baby elephants, the highlight for those who visit is the bathing times. The mahouts and carers lead all 81 elephants, calves included, to the adjacent river! Watching the calves play in the shallows is a sight you don’t want to miss out on!
Before You Go
Have a look at the schedule before you make a trip here to have ample time to make it for the feeding and bathing times. It’s also important to note that you need to purchase your ticket by making a cash payment so make sure you stop at an ATM first!