Pinnawala Elephent Tour



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A one-day tour to Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage and its surroundings can be an enriching experience, allowing you to get up close with elephants and explore the lush Sri Lankan landscape.

Here’s a suggested itinerary for a one-day Pinnawala Elephant Tour:


  1. Depart from Colombo: Start early in the morning from Colombo to Pinnawala, which is about a 2-3 hour drive depending on traffic. You can hire a private vehicle or join a guided tour.

  2. Arrival at Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage: Reach the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, ideally before the elephants’ bath time, which typically starts around 10:00 AM. This is a highlight of the visit as you can watch elephants bathing in the nearby river.

Late Morning:

  1. Watch the Elephant Bath: Spend some time observing and photographing the elephants as they play and bathe in the Ma Oya River. It’s a captivating sight to see these gentle giants enjoying the water.

  2. Visit the Elephant Orphanage: Explore the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage and learn about its conservation efforts. You can watch baby elephants being bottle-fed and witness their daily routines.


  1. Lunch: Enjoy a traditional Sri Lankan lunch at a local restaurant near Pinnawala.


  1. Millennium Elephant Foundation (Optional): If you have extra time and want a more interactive experience with elephants, consider visiting the Millennium Elephant Foundation, which is located nearby. Here, you can participate in activities like feeding, bathing, and even taking short elephant rides, all while learning about elephant welfare.

  2. Rambukkana Railway Station (Optional): If you’re interested in Sri Lanka’s scenic railway routes, you can visit the Rambukkana Railway Station to watch the trains pass through lush landscapes.

Late Afternoon:

  1. Return to Colombo: Head back to Colombo in the late afternoon, allowing some time for relaxation and reflection on your day with the elephants.


  1. Dinner in Colombo: Enjoy dinner at a restaurant in Colombo, where you can relish a variety of cuisines ranging from Sri Lankan to international.

This itinerary focuses on the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage and includes optional activities that can enhance your experience.

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