The fascinating site of Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage in Sri Lanka.

Souvik By Souvik, 3rd Jan 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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The article speaks about the brilliant elephant orphanage at Pinawela in Sri Lanka. It is a sensation for the foreign tourists.


The Pinawela elephant orphanage was established in 1975 to help the orphan elephants which require protection.


The entrance of the Pinawela elephant orphanage is fascinating. The rock contains engravings of elephants.


The orphanage was established in 1975. A great job had been done by the Sri Lankan Department of Wildlife Convervation to protect the elephants.


The nursery or the orphanage is created in such a way that the elephants can spend their time over there with human care.


Initially the Elephant orphanage was established in the Wilpattu National Park. From there they were transferred to Bentota.

Bentota to Zoo Site.

From Bentota in the sea-side the orphanage site was transferred to Dehiwala Zoo. But in 1975, Pinawela became the permanent place for breeding of orphan elephants.

Gentle water.

The water in the river in the Pinewale orphanage is gentle. The elephants enjoy the bath everyday during afternoon.


Milk is provided by the authorities to the baby elephants. Food is provided. They are given human care including bathing assistance.

Huge area.

The entire orphanage is situated around huge area. So the elephants can get natural habitat of forests and jungles.


The river where the elephants are taken to have a bath have pleasant water and the elephants enjoy the bath during afternoon.

Many elephants

More than 60 to 70 elephants come together to have bath in the afternoon in the Pinawela Elephant Orphanage.


Afternoon is the best time of the day to visit the orphanage. The elephants after having their meals come for swimming.


Generally milk is provided in feeding bottles for the baby elephants. They come and have the milk when they are provided.


If visitors want to feed the elephants with milk they are allowed to do the same. But there are supposed to pay an amount for doing so.


The ticket fares are very high in the orphanage. Tourists are supposed to pay more than Rs 750 Sri lankan currency each to enter the orphanage.

Source of Photos: The photos are taken from the private camera of Dr Souvik Chatterji during a trip to Sri Lanka in December, 2014.


Elephants, Male Elephants, Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage, Sri Lanka

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author avatar Souvik
3rd Jan 2015 (#)

December is the best time to visit Pinawela elephant orphanage in Sri Lanka.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
3rd Jan 2015 (#)

Sri Lanka is great tourist place - thanks for this write-up, Souvik.

Wishing you every happiness and best wishes in 2015 - siva

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author avatar Souvik
3rd Jan 2015 (#)

Thanks Sivaji for the wonderful comments. Happy new year to you and family.

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author avatar Val Mills
3rd Jan 2015 (#)

That looks like a place I'd like to go. I love elephants. Nice pics.

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author avatar Souvik
4th Jan 2015 (#)

Thanks Val, you will really cherish the experience if you go to Pinawela Elephant orphanage.

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author avatar Randhir Bechoo
4th Jan 2015 (#)

Interesting share.Happy New Years to you and your family.

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author avatar Souvik
6th Jan 2015 (#)

Thanks Randhirji
happy new year to you.
Warm regards

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