My journey to Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage was on the 26th of Dec 2011. The day started bright and early at around 7 AM. However due to certain delays it was more like 7:45AM by the time we finally left the house. The days journey was to end in Nuwara Eliya which I will cover in one of my next blog updates.
In one of my previous posts I described Sri Lanka as being the Land of the Elephants and the Seas of the Blue Whales. Sri Lanka has long been known for its resident jumbo friends! For more information on Elephants in Sri Lanka visit http://www.elephantsinsrilanka.com/index.htm
In this article I talk about Pinnawala, a orphanage set up for our native kinder Jumbos as well as some adult jumbos. Of course you get to see a lot of Olivers here, saying please sir may I have some more! Yes you get to feed the Jumbo kiddies!
About Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
I found this video that gives you a very short but to the point introduction about Pinnawala and what its aim is. I need not explain much more as the video tells you all you need to know.
In summary the Orphanage was opened in 1975 by the Sri Lankan department of wildlife. It currently occupies an area of 24 acres, and has the worlds largest herd of captive elephants. Pinnawala cares for many young orphaned elephants as well as acting as a breeding centre for elephants. For those of you who want to read more about the fact and figures I have come across two very good articles on the web please see links below.
This first link gives you a lot of detailed information on the Elephant orphanage including a complete history of it. http://www.elephant.se/location2.php?location_id=43
The second link is to a blog of a like minded blogger and travel enthusiast. The editor of the blog has done a great job in putting together what I can say is a great easy to read article on the Orphanage. http://gawaya.com/2010/09/pinnawala-elephant-orphanage-sri-lanka/
Location and Getting to Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
The below map shows you the location of Pinnawala which is around 90KM from the capital Colombo, and can be done as part of a day trip or as part of your trip to Kandy or else where on the main Colombo Kandy road.
The main show at Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
|Entrance to visitor centre|
|Visitor Centre main building|
Attractions near Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
On the small road from the enclosure area to the river, you find many different souvenir shops, where you can buy all sorts of elephant oriented ornaments, clothing, jewellery, toys, paintings etc. However my favourite place is the Pinnawala Elephant Dung Paper Factory. In my next post I will write all about it. Below are some pictures from the outlet, and what you can potentially buy. Do not let the term poo paper deter you! Think of it as a great green resource where you are doing minimum damage to the environment! Yes karma free paper! No trees, other than those consumed by the gentle giants have been sacrificed to make these paper products.