Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage is an orphanage and nursery for Asian Elephants. It is one of the famous tourist attractions in Sri Lanka. The orphanage is established to feed, nurse and house baby elephants found abandoned by their mothers.
On day 2 of our Sri Lanka trip, we started early in the morning since we wanted to go Pinnawala village and visit the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage. The distance from Colombo to Pinnawala is around 90 kilometers.
At Bus stop, we made inquiry about travelling options to Pinnawala. We met one Tuk Tuk driver, who was ready to take us to Pinnawala, but he was asking too much money. After some discussion, we agreed on rate of 35 LKR for per kilometers. It was around 2 hours journey, so we decide to go by Tuk Tuk. Though, the buses are cheaper than Tuk Tuk.
There was a beautiful lake nearby bus stop along with some local shops & restaurants. We went there and had breakfast. I tried Sri Lankan breakfast of Noodles, Daal and coconut Sāmbhar.
After breakfast, we started our journey. The road was quite good.
When we reached the Pinnawala Elephant orphanage, we calculated the distance travelled and accordingly we gave 3200 LKR to driver, but he refused to take the money and he started asking extra money. He got aggressive and started shouting. While we were arguing some people came and suggested us to go to the tourist police, so we went to the police station and explained our matter. Finally, police asked him to take money and leave. (Not so good experience)
I liked the concept of the Tourist Police in Sri Lanka. On most of the tourist points you will find it. The cops are quite corporative.
We bought tickets and started roaming around. There were lots of elephants everywhere. We saw Elephant bathing activity as well.
By the time we came out it was around 5 PM. We met a boy outside who started talking in Hindi. I first thought he’s Indian, but then he said he’s big fan of the Indian movies and he learnt Hindi from Bollywood movies. He was friendly. He asked us to come to spice garden where he works. We got a free herbal tea followed by free face and leg massage in spice garden. Though, we did not buy anything from the garden, but we gave tips to the boys who gave us a massage.
Later, we started our journey to Sigriya. This time, we took a bus. After 3 hours of travelling we reached Sigriya village and we found our place as well.
We had already booked our accommodation at Globetrotter Tourist Inn in Sigiriya through airbnb.com. As we reached there, our host welcomed us warmly and directed us to our room.
We got freshened up. In dinner, we had Sri Lankan rice & curry. We had a small talk with our host after dinner. He suggested us to get a private car and he could arrange for us in the lower rates. We liked the idea and we booked a car for the next few days.
Day 2 we mostly spent on the travelling and we all were actually tired at the end of the day. So without any delay we went to bed.
Also, read Sri Lanka Itinerary Day 1 – Colombo