Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage - Srilanka

July 22 By Bhavin Toprani



Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage is an orphanage, nursery and captive breeding ground for wild Asian elephants located at Pinnawala village, 13 km northeast of Kegalle town in Sabaragamuwa Province of Sri Lanka. Pinnawala has the largest herd of captive elephants in the world


Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (PEO) ; just as the name suggests holds a unique disposition in the ex-situ animal care. It’s success and fame has travelled not just within the country but throughout the world to an extent where Pinnawala synonymous with the Sri Lankan Elephant.


Currently being a home to 93 elephants the concept was actualized by the late Hon. Minister Kalugalle on the 16th of February 1975.  Pinnawala at the time was a very remote area with lush coconut plantations and most importantly an area where the availability of mahouts was not lacking. Also the immense amount of water required by the elephants is supplemented with the availability of “Ma oya” running close by.

On the one side of the Road where you park your car has main entrance of the Orphange where elephants are kept. It has big grounds and greenary with Elephants kept inside big grounds, small momento center , Toilets facilities where you can freshenup if you arriving directly from the Airport. 

The most interesting part is other side of Road where Riverside area is there where elephant bathing happens. It is at walking distance from Road passing through some  momento shops. Many hotels are located right on the river bed you should pick up and get in to their resturant balconey facing the riverside where you can see them bathing. which you should not miss. Also you can go near to the river bed from the hotels. to have better interaction. So you should not miss the bathing time. Better you have local guide with you who can guide you the right timings to enjoy the places best possible way. ELEPHANT BATHING AT RIVER


Elephant bathing program was started on 21st of December 2017 for the local and foreign visitors at the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage. This will create an opportunity to touch and bath an elephant in Riverside. This attractive programme will be a wonderful and memorable experience in your life. Elephant keepers (Mahout) are always with you and they will provide proper guidance to full fill the requirements. Don’t miss the chance……………



Daily at: 9.15am – 9.45am / 01.15pm-01.45pm


ELEPHANT BATHING AT RIVER the best activity.

Daily at: 10.00am – 12.00pm / 2.00pm – 4.00pm



Daily at: 09.00am – 09.45am / 12.00pm – 1.45pm

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