Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage
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We reached the Colombo Airport on the Wednesday(9th June 2010).We were received by Stephen who is a local tourist operator.He was very friendly and has very much knowledge about the places.We went to Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage from Colombo Airport directly.We reached there around 12.15 P.M.
Pinnawela orphanage is situated northwest of the town Kegalla, halfways between the present capitol Colombo and the ancient royal residence Kandy in the hills of central Sri Lanka. It was established 1975 by the Sri Lanka Wildlife department. This 24 acres large elephant orphanage is a also breeding pace for elephants, twenty elephants were born since 1984, and it has the greatest herd of elephants in captivity in the world.
Daily Activities which can be seen by the Tourists
- 10.00 Each morning and afternoon 14.00 the animals are walked 400 meters to the river Maha Oya for a two-hour bath.
We went inside the orphanage around 12.30.In the very first,we saw a huge gigantic elephant with 2 lovely tusks.We took some pics with the elephant by paying some little amount (50 SL Rupee) to the trainer.If u go in a group,the best way is to pay one of the trainer around 200 bucks and he will make you take pics with the elephant of your choice.This is what we did.
We spent around an hour inside the orphanage.In the front of the Orphanage there are some souvernir shops.It is better to avoid buying as they are very very expensive.
We then had our lunch at the Pinnawela Restuarant which provides an excellent view of the Elephants taking bath.
The Elephants were walking down very swiftly at around 2 PM from the Orphanage for having their second bath of the day.They were accompanied by 2 elephant trainers.The baby ones were making noises while coming down the road from the orphanage.
Instructions for Foreigners
1.Do not buy souvenirs over there as they are very costly.
2.Careful of people who offers foreign exchange of cash.
3.Better to avoid the food in the Pinnawela Resturant.
4.Snake Charmers on the way are very expensive.Best amount to pay is 100 SL Rupees for a Pic with a Snake.