Visit Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
Pinnawala is currently a home for 93 elephants the concept was actualized by the late Hon.
Minister kalugalle on the 16th of February 1975. Pinnawala at the time was very remote area with lush coconut
plantations and most importantly an area where the availability of mahouts was not lacking. Also the immense amount
of water required by the elephants is supplemented with the availability of “Ma oya”
( a famous river) running close by. The orphanage was originally founded in order to offer care and protection to
the many orphaned elephants found in the jungles of Sri Lanka. Over 20 elephants have been bred here, the elephants are
taken to the river twice a day for a bath and all the babies less than 3 years are still bottle fed by the mahouts and volunteers.