Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage – Witness baby jumbos rushing here and there
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, a center for conservation & Breeding of Asian Elephants is situated 45.2 KM away from Gampola in a 45 minutes journey. You need travel first towards the Kadugannawa through the Kadugnnawa- Gampola road from there take a left turn and go alone the Kandy-Colombo towards Kegalle and take a right turn on to the Karandupona – Rambukkana road, and the Elephant Orphanage will be on your right side of the road.
This is a place every one that pays a visit, would go again. Because, the little jumbos will give the visitors a long lasting experience in mind. You will be witnessing baby jumbos rushing here and there in their home with the freedom they have got. They make wonderful scenery to those who have come to visit the orphanage in hundreds. A baby jumbo being bottle fed by the care takers or bathed is something that would strike the mind of any person. This has become the home for more than 60 elephant babies which had been kept alone or trapped in some kind.
The Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage was started in 1975 in Rambukkana near Maha Oya, with the view to making a home for the baby elephant that are found in jungle alone as orphans. They are adopted here in Pinnawala and fed. Initially only five baby elephants were there and by 1978 there were 12 elephants and including 5 baby elephants, in 1997 number of elephants was 56,1998 it was 63 in 2000 there were 70 elephants and by 2003 there was 65 elephants and currently there are 72 elephants in the orphanage. Elephant Transit Home releases the elephants to wild once they reach a certain age after caring, but Elephant Orphanage takes care of the elephants. Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage is significant as there are only few facilities of that kind in the world. Amongst them, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage has become one of the largest orphanages in the world thus has been popular amongst the tourists all over the world to become a desired destination of thousands of tourists visiting Sri Lanka. There are some 24 acres of land which is belonged to the Elephant Orphanage. Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage is an elephant breeding center also
In the Orphanage, you will clearly see that elephants are allowed to roam here and there making the environment almost similar to what they would get in the forest. There are some attractive activities daily happening in the Orphanage which have been able to attract not only the foreign visitors but also the Sri Lankan visitors coming here every day in hundreds.
Milk feeding has been able to steal the minds of anyone coming to the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage. It is picturesque scenery. Baby jumbos being fed, are something very nice to look at and the mischievous behavior of those baby elephants, is the most sensitive item in the orphanage. Everyone coming to the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage makes sure they have managed to visit this awesome activity anyhow as this is something full of affection and sensitivity. There are some amazing moments for an elephant lover to mark in his/her lense.Next amazing item happening each day is elephants’ marching to their bath to the Maha Oya river located 400m away. This is happening each day between 10.00 am and 2.00 pm.Watching their marching towards the river is amazing, at times it is hard to believe how these jumbos march in a line to the river from the orphanage. They have practiced such a control of themselves, which is such wonderful to be looking at. You can be involved in feeding baby jumbos and have a nice experience, you can even touch them. We would bet that even you were not used to be interested in elephant, you will become an Elephant Admirer right after you visit this place and you will become a fan of elephants and their life style. Even, you will find tears soaking your eyes without even without the knowledge of you due to the funny, loving activities of jumbos especially of those orphan jumbos who are perhaps deprived of the mother’s affection, left alone in very small age or tortured by human etc. You will sure realize the cruelty rose over them while you are enjoying the playful actions of especially those of baby elephants with much joy. The however give you the maximum joy. You will free your mind by looking at the playful elephant babies.