Visit the Gentle Giants
Day Trip to Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
A visit to Kandy isn’t complete without getting up close and personal with the gentle giants of Sri Lanka – elephants. Located in the Sabaragamuwa Province, Pinnewala Elephant Orphanage is approximately an hours drive from Kandy. A lot of tourists tend to make this visit a day trip, which gives them plenty of time to appreciate this surreal experience.
What’s exciting about this?
Pinnawala is known to have the largest herd of captive elephants in the world, with the captive breeding programme having launched in the year 1982. The success of the orphanage is very well known all around the country and is home to a whopping 93 elephants, at present. By stimulating a natural habitat to the elephants, the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage has only the best interests of the elephants. You can enjoy the sight of the elephants having their bath at the river close by and get the opportunity to bottle-feed the baby elephants while you’re there.
Who can enjoy this?
The best part about the elephant orphanage is that it’s family-friendly. If you’re travelling with children, they’re undoubtedly going to cherish this experience of witnessing elephants first-hand and simply just learning everything they need to know. Most of the elephants are accustomed to the curious humans that surround them, and as a result, are quite harmless but it is best to keep a safe distance in the absence of skilled staff members. Located 37 kilometres from Kandy in the town of Kegalle, the elephant orphanage is a rather popular spot, as a result, you’re unlikely to run into any difficulty when you plan to visit.
Why add this to your itinerary?
Apart from the fact that you get to see these glorious giants of the animal kingdom, a visit to the orphanage offers so much more. You’re given the rare opportunity to feed the baby elephants milk and fruits. Visiting the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage is the only way in which you can get this close to an Asian elephant on the island, which is exceedingly different from a safari experience!
Tips before you visit
- Aim to leave Kandy as early as possible, as this gives you plenty of time to witness all the elephant activities.
- Do be respectful of the animals and do not in any way agitate them
- Follow the guidelines given to you by the skilled staff at the orphanage, at all times