Elephant Orphanage & Kandy
A day trip to Pinnewala and Kandy is packed with fun and frolic. Make an early start to your day, and en route to Pinnewala visit the magnificent pineapple garden. Explore miles of pineapple plantation, which is similar to a maze, and be a part of pineapple cutting demonstration and more. Don’t forget to ask for a free plate of the tropical fruit during your visit.
Pinnewala Elephant Orphanage
After the plantation tour, make your way to the Pinnewala Elephant Orphanage. Set amidst green nature, coconut plantations and spice gardens, Pinnewala is a small town where the elephant orphanage is an animal welfare endeavor. Unlike zoos, where elephants are kept in captivity, Pinnewala is renowned as a protection center and nursery for Asian elephants. Be a part of the wondrous experience where you can watch the activities of elephants, feed them and even have limited interaction. These wild animals are allowed to roam about, unchained and uncaged, and taken care by dozens of mahouts (elephant trainers). The best experience is probably watching them bathe in the nearby river, spraying themselves, rolling in mud, and enjoying a natural habitat. For families with kids, Pinnewala is one of the best places to witness elephants. The sheer joy of Pinnewala is sure to be a highlight for kids.