Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage - Srilanka

July 22 By Bhavin Toprani

Address: B199, Rambukkana 71100, Sri Lanka



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.


Additional Information: 

The Oil anointing Ceremony

Oil anointing at auspicious time is a traditional practice in Sri Lanka in association with “Aurudu” festival (Summer festival). Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage also celebrate this annually by anointing oil on elephants at auspicious time.


Provide opportunities for local and foreign visitors to bath elephants.

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



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



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


Pinnawala  Elephant  Orphanage