Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage is one of the most popular and accessible places where a large number of elephants can be seen in a natural habitat. The elephant orphanage is located in Pinnawala in the Kegalle District of the Sabaragamuwa Province. It was started in 1975 by the Department of Wildlife on a twenty five acre coconut property on the Maha Oya river at Rambukkana. The orphanage was primarily designed as place for shelter and care the wounded elephants and abandoned baby elephants found in jungle. Daily, form the bulk of the elephants food. Visitors can see different elephant’s events such as bathing in river, drinking milk in the bottle, eating foods and their playing games. Currently Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage has become one of the largest tourist attractions in the country due to its distinctive population of elephants. The two main attractions for visitors is the bottle feeding session which is followed by the bathing time. If you are lucky the handlers might even pick you to feed the baby elephants, who happen to be just plain adorable most of the time. Most of the elephants at the orphanage are very domesticated and friendly so they have even got platforms set up where you can feed the larger elephants fruits.