Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

En-route visit Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, home to the world’s largest troupe of captive, tamed and trained elephants. Either you could observe the baby elephants being bottled fed or enjoy the experience of bottle feeding the baby elephants. Close-up encounters with orphaned elephants at Pinnawala will be a memory that will stay with you for a life time. Thereafter, continue your journey to Kandy.

The Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage is situated North-west of the town of Kegalle. There are about 84 Elephants under protection. The Orphanage is very popular and visited daily by many Sri Lankans and foreign tourists.

It was established in 1975 by the Sri Lanka Wildlife Department. This 24 acres large elephant orphanage is also a breeding place for Elephants. It has the greatest herd of elephants in captivity in the world. The Orphanage was primarily designed to afford care and protection to the many baby elephants found in the jungle without their mothers. In most of these cases, the mother had either died or been killed. Pinnawala has now become one of the bigger Orphanages and is quite well-known worldwide. The Orphanage is open from 8.30 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. Visitors can participate in bottle feeding and feeding fruits to selected calves and adults.

09.15 The babies are fed with milk in the mornings and allowed to range freely on the 12 Acres of large grassland.
10.00 Each morning and afternoon 14.00 the animals are walked 400 meters to the river Maha Oya for a 2 hour bath.
12.00 Herd returns from the River
13.15 Bottle Feeding baby elephants and fruit feeding
16.00 Herd returns from the river and fruit feeding

Between 17.00 and 18.00 in the evening, the animals are taken to their stalls and tethered for the night. They are then given their evening feed which is milk again for the babies and leaf for the older ones.

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