Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage 1669 views

PinnawalaNature & Wildlife

Recomended duration
3 Hours
Best time of the year to visit
Throughout the year
Open Hours
9.30 AM - 5.30 PM (All 7 days including public holidays)


Little bit about Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

This is the most well-known elephant orphanage in Sri Lanka. Pinnawala can be considered as the best place to see large number of elephants in their natural habitat and is the best place to visit for animal-lovers. It is incredible to find the baby elephants wandering around freely, bottle fed and bathed by the orphanage caretakers. Established in 1975, this nursery takes care of hundreds of elephants that wander in and out of the forest of Sri Lanka. The tourists can observe the elephants, bathing, interacting and playing from the broad river bank. The orphanage is open to the public, all the money charged goes for the welfare of elephants.

Things to know before you go

  • Best time to visit is, elephant's bath time
  • Visitors can participate in bottle feeding 
  • Always keep a safe distance from animals
  • Do not feed the animals
  • Do not tease animals
  • Do not enter restricted areas
  • Do not make noise playing musical instruments, radios, tape recorders and singing etc.
  • Pets are not allowed within premises
  • Smoking is prohibited 
  • There are plenty of restaurants, hotels and souvenir shops near by 
  • Pinnawala open zoo is just within the walking distance


8.30 AM Open for visitors
9.15 AM Bottle feeding
10.00 AM - 12.00 Noon Bathing at river
3.15 PM Bottle feeding
2.00 PM - 4.00 PM Bathing at river
5.00 PM Bottle feeding
5.30 PM Ticket counter close
6.00 PM Close to public


Foriegners (SAARC Countries) Adults LKR 750
  Children (3-12) LKR 350
  Children (Below 3) Free
Foriegners (All other countries) Adults LKR 2,500
  Children (3-12) LKR 1,250
  Children (Below 3) Free
Locals Adults LKR 100
  Children (3-12) LKR 30
  Children (Below 3) Free
  School Kids (with School uniform) LKR 20

Tickets to be purchased at the entrance.

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On July 14, 2018

Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage is one of the must see place in Sri Lanka. That because there are plenty of elephants roaming freely which is a joy to see and many photo opportunities too. You also get a opportunity to do milk feeding to baby elephants at the venue. .