Pinnawala ෴ පින්නවල
Pinnawala is located 90km away from Colombo in Sabaragamuwa province of Sri Lanka.
Reaching Pinnawala: Pinnawala village can be reached by main Colombo-Kegalle-Kandy (A1) Road. Pinnawala is not connected by a railway line.
Pinnawala Elephant Orphange: The main attraction at Pinnawala, is of course, popular Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, home to 84 orphaned elephants.
Elephant breeding in captivity at Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage: since the first birth in captivity of a female baby elephant in 1984, to two adult elephants named Vijaya and Kumari who were then aged 21 and 20 years, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage has been successful in breeding in captivity.
Daily Activities at Pinnawala Elephant Orphange:
08.00 am: the baby elephants are fed with milk and allowed to roam free in the 12 acres of grassland of the orphanage.
10.00 am and 02.00 pm: all elephants are walked 400 meters to the River Maya Oya for a two-hour bath.
04.30 pm - 06.00 pm: all are taken to their stalls and tethered for the night.
Enjoying at Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage:
Accompanying elephants to river to view their antics
Bottle feeding baby elephants with milk
Feeding adult elephants (of course, in the presence of mahouts) with Jackfruit, Coconut, Kitul palm, Tamarind and Juggery.
About Kegalle District
Kegalle is a town in Sabaragamuwa Province of . It is located on the Colombo - Kandy road and 48 miles/78 km away from Colombo and 24 Miles/40 km away from Kandy. It is the Capital City of the Kegalle District which is one of the two districts belonging to Sabaragamuwa province the other being Ratnapura District.
District of Kegalle, situated in between the central highlands and western southern planes and has an enchanting environment. Height of the western region is less than 500 feet from the sea level while eastern region exceeds 1000 feet. Rubber cultivation has stretched over most of the area of the District and minor export crops such as coffee, cocoa,pepper,clove and nutmeg takes an important place in the economy of the District. Sri Lanka's best graphite mine is situated at Bogala in Kegalle District. The extent of the District is 1692.8 km2 (169,280 in hectares).
About Sabaragamuwa Province
The Sabaragamuwa Province of Sri Lanka contains two main cities called Ratnapura and Kegalle. At an elevation of approximately 500 feet above sea level, Ratnapura is the provincial capital of Sabargamuwa. It is 60 miles (100 km) from the main coastal city of Colombo. Province of Sabaragamuwa The gem-mining centre of Sri Lanka is also a major crossroad between southern plains and the hill country to the east.
In Sabaragamuwa province there is a route to Sri Pada from Ratnapura direction. Excursions include Sinharaja Forest Reserve and Udawalawe National Park. The route towards hill country is beautiful. The surrounding area is a popular trekking destination and a good place for bird watching.