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Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage in Kandy

Take an exciting tour of the home of the majestic elephants.

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Dec - May
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About Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage in Kandy

Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage is not a zoo, but something bigger and more interesting. It is a breeding ground for Asian elephants who are left abandoned due to unforeseeable circumstances. It is a widely acclaimed tourist attraction because of its comfortable setting for elephants. Visitors are allowed to see the way elephants are treated and cared for. This helps guests to reconnect with nature and wildlife and reach out to making sanctuaries like these a better place. Pinnawala is an efficient elephant sanctuary that started back in 1975 but is still functioning and attracting tourists from all over the world. The elephant sanctuary takes in baby elephants that have been abandoned and takes care of them for the longest time. Tourists get to see the elephants being fed milk, their bathing routine, and interaction with each other. All this adds up to a wholesome experience for animal lovers and wildlife enthusiasts.

Attractions of Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

The amazing Pinnawala Elephant Sanctuary in Sri Lanka shows its guests the beauty of parenting the gentle creature. It also provides its visitors an option to check out numerous places near its premises that allows tourists to visit and enjoy Pinnawala thoroughly.

Udawalawe National Park

Udawalawe National park was created for animals that were left homeless and cold due to the construction of the Udawalawe reservoir. The government created this park to protect the various and rare species of animals that were left out in the open and could pose a threat to the locals living in the nearby areas. The park houses numerous species of reptiles, birds, elephants, cats, and fishes.

Pinnawala Handicrafts Emporium

It is no secret that shopping is an essential activity that is undertaken during every vacation or a visit to a new spot. The Pinnawala handicrafts emporium provides the shopper in you various arts and craftwork especially made in Sri Lanka. All these handicrafts are completely affordable and can also be delivered to your doorstep if the product is too huge to be carried around.

Maha Oya River

Maha Oya River is a stream that flows through Pinnawala elephant orphanage. This is where the elephants are taken for a bath during the day. The river is also used for agriculture practices. Tourists can go for a swim in the river or take a walk along the shores of the river, and experience serenity leaving them refreshed.

Kandy City

Kandy City is coincidentally located very near to the popular elephant sanctuary. The city boasts of numerous tourist attractions like the spiritual temple of the Tooth, Kandy Lake, and the colorful botanical gardens. Visiting the city lets you get a whiff of the amazing tourism present in the teardrop of India, Sri Lanka.

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    Saumya's 6 days trip to Kandy

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    Deepankar's 7 days trip to Kandy

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    Bangalore

    Srishti's 5 days trip to Kandy

    It was a very good experience. Everything was pleasant and smooth. Thank you. The cab driver was extremely polite and was one of the most important thing that made our travel so smooth.
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    Sagarika S Parab

    Mumbai

    Sagarika's 7 days trip to Kandy

    It was soo hassle free. Everything was exactly I had requested for. The car, the journey the hotels the service. I was just floored! Thank you TT for making our honeymoon soo damn memorable!
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    Olga Mittal

    New delhi

    Olga's 7 days trip to Kandy

    Had a memorable and amazing time in srilanka thanks to prasanna from sha travels and Kavinda (our guide and driver for the entire trip!) comfortable stays, good hotel bookings. very polite and cooperative! highly recommend them!
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    Jaipur

    Hitesh's 5 days trip to Kandy

    there were no hiccups during the trip. Driver and hotel etc. all things were of top notch quality. thank you for your support
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    Amol Ratan Singh Lottey

    New delhi

    Amol's 6 days trip to Kandy

    I traveled to Sri Lanka with my wife to celebrate our 1st marriage anniversary. It was our first ever visit to Sri Lanka and I would say we were lucky to book it with Direct Link Private Limited. Our guide for the tour was Ismath and he did a fantastic job throughout the trip. Our journey was carefu
    lly curated to help us experience the maximum number of places in the 5 days that we had for the visit. The choice of hotels was fantastic throughout. Nuwara Eliya was the highlight of our trip - the place is simply magical and the hotel chosen by Mr. Arshad was amazing. I would recommend everyone to choose Direct Link as their travel partners. I look forward to visiting the country again soon once the pandemic ends. Will connect with Direct Link again and would request the services of Ismath once again. Thank you guys for the memorable trip.
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    Nagrajan

    Mumbai

    Nagrajan's 5 days trip to Kandy

    Hi First of Thanks to Travel Triangle - Relax Lanka for this Srilanka Trip - their are some CONS AND PROS- First of all thanks to Driver /Guide Mr. Sanjay he was amazing person - and was very help full throughout the Tour pros :- All the hotels was very Good and luxurious - and in all the hotels d
    inner was their so didn't faced any problem of food Cons : we have paid 35K for two person thats ok - but for the all the activities we had to pay the Extra charges - 1. like elephant safari - we paid : 3KINR which was not at all worth you can just see some 4 elephants 2.. Madhu River we have paid 60$ for two person for just a ride of 1hours - Again it was not worth - when we checked in the NET it was just 400RS person - We feel like we have been cheated 3. tortoise watching _ we paid 2K INR - again its just a small house hold person running the tortoise park -- not worth One more suggestion they ask for charges for everything- even before travelling we asked them about Corona Crisis they said its nothing over here we reached on 11th March and from 12th March Srilanka has started their to close many things - if they have informed about this we would postphoned our Trip - Even we have enquired about VISA - they have informed us that for indian citizen it is on Arrival - its was not at all True - before travelling we need to take online visa which compulsory and it is free for indian Citizen - But Relax lanka was asking for 20$ fee for visa if i want to take it from them -- it was good i done it from my side Would suggest instead of going to Srilanka - i would suggest plan for NORTH EAST - which is worth value for money
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    Krishnakumar Sriram

    Bengaluru

    Krishnakumar's 9 days trip to Kandy

    Since our trip could not be completed due to corona restrictions, we were forced to return 2 days in advance . We had requested for proportionate refund but not received any response regarding the refund. Kindly consider and refund proportionately in all fairness. We are sure you will respond positi
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    Mumbai

    Priya's 7 days trip to Kandy

    Sri Lanka Trip- Great service by Pearly Gates- Highly recommended- The Company's representative, Nimni, was in constant touch throughout the trip- Customised the trip based on our requirements- Timely responses and excellent private car, Al thought, Driver(Roshan) was was polite and humble but not v
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    FAQ's of Kandy

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    Are tourists allowed to personally bathe the elephants?

    Tourists are allowed to personally bathe the elephants. It is necessary to make sure that you have an experienced mahout or an elephant expert right next to you. You will also have to buy a separate ticket for taking part in giving the elephants a bath.

    Can students from universities avail a discount by showing their ID cards?

    A group of students from the same university can get a fixed concession. However, students should show their ID cards and should be from the same college.

    Can babies be taken to the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage?

    Babies are allowed entry into the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage. It is advisable to get a baby carrier so that you can move with your baby without any glitches.

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