pinnawala elephant orphanage

Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (PEO); as the name indicates, it has a special approach of ex-situ animal care & treatment. The popularity and prominence have spread not only throughout the nation but around the world to the degree that Pinnawala is associated with the Elephant of Sri Lanka. 

Nowadays, as host to 93 elephants, the term has been revised by the late Hon. Minister Kalugalle, February 16, 1975. At the moment, Pinnawala was a very isolated place with abundant coconut plantations and, most notably, an environment where mahout supply was not missing. The huge amount of water provided by the elephants is also complemented by the abundance of “Ma Oya” running nearby.

Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage Location:

Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage is in the village of Pinnawala, in Kegalle district, about 90 km from Sri Lanka’s economic capital, Colombo. This fabulous orphanage, where cute Sri Lankan elephants live in abundance, is one of the best places to visit in Kandy. 

Why Visit Pinnawala: The cute Elephant of Sri Lanka is a noble species and has been part of the country’s society and heritage since ancient times. They still have a cultural, social, and economic significance, as visitors get attracted to Sri Lanka to experience them in their natural environments, and elephants are a sign of wealth in the country’s numerous religious and traditional festivities. 

The Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage is the only facility in Sri Lanka that serves as an orphanage, a hospital, a nursery, and a breeding ground for elephants in need, and it is also home to abandoned elephants that require special treatment.

The Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage schedule is here for your ease:

08.30 am – Opens for the visitors

09.00 am – 09.45 am Fruit feeding

09.15 am – 09.45 am Milk feeding

10.00 am – 12.00 pm Herd to the river

12.00 pm – 01.45 pm Fruit feeding

01.15 pm – 01.45 pm Milk feeding

02.00 pm – 04.00 pm Herd goes to the river

05.00 pm – Milk feeding

05.30 pm – Ticket counter closes

06.00 pm – Closes for the day

Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage – Part of Kandy Holidays:

If you are looking for the best things to do in Kandy, here’s a pick for you. Over the years, the sanctuary has increased in scale and popularity, and today there are around 100 of these magnificent creatures in the center. At the peak of all the elephants saved from the rainforests, many births took place at the refuge, the first to arrive in 1984. 

The core principle of the orphanage is that the livestock should move easily throughout the day so that the framework of the herd must be formed. Here they live a regular, peaceful existence. They feed their breakfasts every morning – milk for calves, leaves (primarily coconut) for adults – and afterward take a two-hour soak to the Maha Oya River. See the elephants snorkeling in the water; this is one of the most spectacular things of existence. 

Visit Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage with Overa Tours: Do you love elephants? If you are, then this is the best place to visit in Sri Lanka. We can include this in your Kandy holiday. 

Contact us and book your holiday! We are here to create lifelong holiday memories in this beautiful tourist destination. 

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