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On the way to Kandy from Colombo take a visit to see the Elephants. If your timing is right you see them having a bath in the river then cross the road...


Trip Starting From: Kegalle

Trip Location: Kandy

About the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage Day Tour:

- You will be picked from your hotel at 8:00 am for a tour to Pinnawala elephant orphanage from Kandy where you can enjoy a daylong adventurous expedition. 

- Spend a day amid the elephants and explore the largest home of wild Asian elephants in the world. 

- Behold the large herds of captive elephants roaming around freely, bathing pleasingly, wading slowly, and cuddling each other affectionately.

- Relish the fun of watching calves playing with each other happily and rushing here and there aimlessly.

- Spend some moments among these elephants and experience the surreal bond between a human and an animal. 

- Observe the elephants from the closest proximity and capture this breathtaking vista in your digital lens.

- Play with elephants, caress them, feed them, click snaps with them, and enjoy watching them bathe in a river. 

- In your Kandy to Pinnawala elephant orphanage tour, you’ll also get a chance to learn how this orphanage caters elephants, provides them food, and treats the injured ones. 

- Also, visit Royal Botanical Garden and witness a huge collection of orchids of numerous varieties.
 At 4:00 pm you will be drop off to your hotel

About the
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage:

Witnessing a large herd of elephants is not a usual thing. So, if you want to make your day unusual by seeing plenty of elephants, visit Pinnawala elephant orphanage from Kandy. Being the largest home of captive elephants in the world, this orphanage has many wonders to throw your way.  Pinnawala elephant orphanage is not just an orphanage but also a nursery and the captive breeding earth for the Asian elephants. 

The institution was home to nearly 10,000 elephants in 2011. Since then, the number is increasing only. No wonder why it is because Pinnawala elephant orphanage does a lot for the orphaned elephants. Once you’re there, you yourself can see how institution cares, rescues, and treats the elephants. 

In this elephant orphanage, you’ll get an opportunity to play with elephants and feed them. You can also delight in the herd of elephants wading, bathing, and cooling them off pleasantly in the riverside.  Before finishing your tour, head to Kandy View Point and capture the breathtaking vista of the entire city from the high above. In the end, take a stroll in Royal Botanical Garden and admire the glory of nature. 

Opening Hours:

Daily from 8:30am - 5:30pm


  • Feed elephants

Other Inclusions

  • Hotel pick up and drop off
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  • Transportation by air-conditioned car
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  • English speaking guide
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  • Bottled drinking water
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  • Lunch
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  • Entrance fee to the Elephant Orphanage and Botanical Garden
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  • Elephant bathing and feeding


  • Car (up to 3 people): Toyota Axio, Prius Hybrid, Premio/Honda Fit Shuttle or similar
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  • Mini Van (4-7 people): Toyota KDH/Nissan Caravan or similar

Things To Carry

  • Voucher received by Thrillophilia
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  • Camera
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  • Sunscreen
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  • Sunglasses
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  • Hat
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  • Comfortable Footwear
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  • Medicine (if any)


  • Children between the ages of 3-12 are eligible for child tickets.
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  • Wear sustainable shoes as moderate amount of walking is needed to explore the orphanage thoroughly.
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  • Smoking is not allowed within the premises of Pinnawala elephant orphanage.
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  • Carry a valid ID along with you. Without this, you can’t enter Pinnawala elephant orphanage.

Tour Type

  • This is a private group tour

Cancellation Policy

  • If cancellations are made 15 days before the start date of the trip, 25% of total tour cost will be charged as cancellation fees
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  • If cancellations are made 7-15 days before the start date of the trip, 50% of total tour cost will be charged as cancellation fees.
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  • If cancellations are made within 0-7 days before the start date of the trip, 100% of total tour cost will be charged as cancellation fees.
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  • In case of unforeseen weather conditions or government restrictions, certain activities may be cancelled and in such cases the operator will try his best to provide an alternate feasible activity. However no refund will be provided for the same.

Refund Policy

  • The applicable refund amount will be processed within 10 business days

Confirmation Policy

  • The customer receives a confirmation voucher via email within 24 hours of successful booking
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  • In case the preferred slots are unavailable, an alternate schedule of the customer’s preference will be arranged and a new confirmation voucher will be sent via email.
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  • Alternatively, the customer may choose to cancel their booking and a full refund will be processed.

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    On the way to Kandy from Colombo take a visit to see the Elephants. If your timing is right you see them having a bath in the river then cross the road back to the orphanage where they are feed and roam the grounds They appear well cared for and are checked for illness and treated.


    Frequently Asked Questions

    1. How to use the booking voucher?

      A physical ticket is not necessarily required for Pinnawala elephant orphanage day tour. You can present either your mobile voucher or a printed ticket. Please keep in mind that the ticket is valid only for that specific date and time. So, make sure you don’t miss the day.

    2. Is it safe to go Pinnawala elephant orphanage?

      Yes, it is completely safe to go Pinnawala elephant orphanage. There are not any dangerous animals in the orphanage. Even kids can roam around the orphanage without any worries. If you’re concerned about climate and landscape, they’re favorable too.

    3. What are the operating hours?

      The tour from Kandy to Pinnawala elephant orphanage starts from 8:30 AM and winds up at 5:30 PM daily. You’ll be picked up in the morning and dropped back to your hotel in the evening.

    4. What activities we can do in this package?

      Pinnawala elephant orphanage is an elephant institution, so elephant sighting is obviously the major activity here. You can see elephants naughtily playing, aimlessly roaming, leisurely relaxing, playfully cuddling, and pleasantly bathing. You can also learn a lot about elephants and the orphanage as well.

      Moreover, you can take a stroll in Royal Botanical Garden and discover many new varieties of orchids. If you’re a nature lover, you can luxuriate in for some moments in the cradle of nature.

    5. What places we are covering in this package?

      The package actually offers a visit from Kandy to Pinnawala elephant orphanage. So, it covers this place extensively. Furthermore, the package also includes a visit to Kandy View Point and Royal Botanical Garden.

    6. Are children allowed on this tour?

      Yes, of course. Children below 2 years don’t need any tickets for Kandy to Pinnawala elephant orphanage. However, they must not occupy a separate seat and their guardian must be with them all the time. And, children between the ages of 3-12 need child tickets.

    7. Do I need to bring any ID cards along with me?

      Yes, you need to bring your ID card along with you. Else, you can’t enter elephant orphanage. You’ll need to present it at the entry gate itself.

    8. Can we smoke in Pinnawala elephant orphanage?

      No, smoking is strictly prohibited within the premises of Pinnawala elephant orphanage.

    9. Are meals included in this package?

      Yes, lunch is included in Pinnawala elephant orphanage package. You’ll also get bottled drinking water. However, you need to arrange your breakfast on your own before leaving your hotel.

    10. How do I get to Pinnawala elephant orphanage from Kandy?

      Don’t worry. The package offers hassle-free transportation to Pinnawala elephant orphanage from Kandy. You’ll be picked up from the hotel and will be dropped back to the hotel. Air-conditioned cars and minivans are available for transportation.

      You just need to reach Kandy. After that, the tour operators will handle everything.

    11. Will I get any snacks over there? Is it included in the package?

      No, you won’t get any snacks. Only lunch is included in the package. So, better, you carry some snacks along with you. It’s a day-long expedition, so you’ll need something to energize yourself from time to time.

    12. Is pick-up and drop-off facilities included In the package?

      Yes, you’ll be picked up and dropped off to your hotel. Just make sure to be at pick-up location on time.

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