Elephants are magnificent land animals, with a thick skin and a curved trunk. Watching these gigantic wild, semi wild mammals is a lifetime experience. Sri Lanka has considerable number of the world’s elephant population. Visitors can enjoy watching wild elephants in wildlife parks such as Yala, Wasgamuwa, Udawalawa, Habarana and Mineriya.
But to those who want to see the tamed and semi wiled elephants in close proximity the best place is the “Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage”.
It is located northwest of Kegalle town along the Colombo ~ Kandy main road. The orphanage is in a twenty five acre coconut land near Maha Oya. The wide area of shallow water and the huge rocks of Maha Oya make the ideal place to these magnificent animals.
This facility was established in year 1975 as a conservation breading center for Elephants by Sri Lanka Wildlife department. It was started with a heard of five baby Elephants. In year 1978 it was taken over by the National Zoological Gardens of Sri Lanka. Pinnawala Elephant orphanage is treated as one of the largest breading center in the world. Today the heard has grown up to 69 elephants.
Among the many elephants of the orphanage there are three of them which will definitely get your attention. Namely “PANDU” “RAJA” and “SAMA
|brought to the orphanage in the year of 2004 from Vauniya and has become a popular attraction to the visitors. It has lost one ear and can be seen running around the place.||brought to the orphanage in the year of 1994 from Galenbindunuwewa which is a blind tusk elephant. It is over 50 years old and have beautifully covered tusks. Now the two mahoos have become his vision.||brought to the orphanage in the year of 1996 from Polonnaruwa which has lost her front leg below the knee.|
During a visit to the orphanage you can evident two main activities. One is the bottle feeding and the second one is the elephant bath.
|Feeding TimeFeeding time is a must see activity, where all the baby elephants are bottle fed by powdered milk using feeding bottles. at 09.15 am , 01.15 pm and 05.00 pm in the evening.|
|Daily BathThe other attraction is the daily bath of the elephants. This is the most attractive event from all. A prior notice is given to the onlookers before the elephants are led out from the orphanage where they bath in Maha Oya which is about 150 meters form the orphanage. The view of how they go in a line to the Maha Oya is magnificent.|
Make a visit to Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage which is the most successful captive breeding programs of Asian elephants in the world. Contact Golden Sri Lanka and make a booking today.
Opening Hours : 08.30 am to 05.30 pm