One of Sri Lanka’s attractions is the elephant orphanage located in Pinnawela. It’s one of the tourist attractions that many take in on their way to Kandy through Kegalle. The Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage is known for its orphanage, nursing and captive breeding of wild elephants and is known to be home of the world’s largest herd of captive elephants. A popular attraction at Pinnawela would be to watch the elephants being brought down from the orphanage across the road to the Maha Oya River to be bathed. Many tourists take this opportunity to have their picture taken with the elephants as they bathe, play, and socially interact with one another.
Pinnawela is also home to the recently opened Pinnawela Open Zoo, the first open aired zoo to be opened in Sri Lanka to the public. It’s home to many endemic animals where you are able to take in the Sri Lankan leopard, spotted deer, lions, purple-faced leaf monkey, wild boar, Sambar deer, Asian elephants and also a variety of bird species. The Pinnawela Open Zoo is situated close to the Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage to offer easy access to both attractions.