Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage is one of the most beloved tourist attractions in Sri Lanka, particularly families with children love this site. A viewing area at the elephant bathing place is part of the orphanage, though located on the opposite side of the main road crossing Pinnawela. Be aware, that there are several elephant camps in Pinnawela. The state-run elephant orphanage has by far the largest amount of elephants, with almost a hundred individuals it‘s actually the largest herd of elephants held in captivity in the world, whereas the private camps have smaller groups of about a dozen elephants. The advantage of the private camps is that they organize elephant rides and give you a chance to take part in the washing of the elephant. In contrast, there are no jungle tours on elephant backs with elephants from the orphanage. However, the Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage is the best place to take part in bottle feeding of baby elephants. The sanctuary, a combination of nursery and artificial herd, was established by the Sri Lankan Department of Wildlife Conservation in 1975.
Nuwan Chinthaka Gajanayaka