Wondering how to get from Colombo airport to Pinnawala elephant orphanage? Located on a 10 hectares former coconut plantations, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage has become a synonym for Sri Lankan elephants among visitors.
Founded with the aim of caring for abandoned calves found wandering alone across the island, today it houses a herd of around 90 elephants, which makes it the largest captive herd of elephants in the world.
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage is the only facility in Sri Lanka that is at the same time an orphanage, nursery, breeding ground, and sanctuary for the animals with special needs.
Twice a day whole herd is taken to the nearby Maha Oya river, where they are watered while visitors can watch little babies of these majestic animals happily play in the river.
Once upon a time herds of dozen or two were freely roaming the forests and countryside of Sri Lanka, but with development and expansion of towns and cities, and shrinking of the natural habitats of wild elephants, their numbers are dwindling.
For this reason, places like Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage are playing a more and more important role in the preservation of these majestic animals.
At this peaceful sanctuary for elephants visitors can see how the animals are cared for, including elephants with special needs such as a blind male and female which have lost a front leg to a land mine.
How they are fed every day and how baby elephants are bottle-fed. And also learn about the elephants in the wild of Sri Lanka.
Taxi from Colombo Airport to Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
Traveling by a private taxi from Colombo Airport to the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage is the most comfortable and convenient way.
The advantage of a private taxi over any public transportation option is that your vehicle with the driver will be waiting for you right outside the arrival terminal.
The one hour and fifty minutes’ drive over 80 kilometers that separate these places, you will spend enjoying a pleasant air-conditioned environment of the vehicle.
As opposed to trains or buses which are in any country often overcrowded, something with which no AC can deal successfully. Your trip will consist of just a single leg, with no need to change your transport or wait for the change.
Simply, you will arrive at your destination as quickly as possible. T2 Travels Sri Lanka can provide you the private taxi services at excellent rates.
And a professional chauffeur will take you to your destination in a vehicle that fully satisfies your requirements, and you can rest assured that it will have ample room for both of you and your luggage.
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Transfers from Colombo Bandaranaike International Airport to Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage By Train
Traveling by train from Colombo Bandaranaike International Airport to Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage in Rambukkana is possible only a part of the way.
Though there is no direct train connection between the Airport and Rambukkana, there is between the city of Colombo and this town.
So the first step on the journey to Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage is reaching Colombo.
The easiest public transportation option for this is the bus and the nearest bus stop where you can catch one heading to Colombo is at the 18th Mile Post bus stop.
It is located some 900 meters north or left from the arrival terminal’s building. Here you can embark on the 265 line bus, that passes through on average every 20 minutes throughout the day.
The bus will take you to the Colombo Central Bus Stand, and some 700 meters stroll away from the Colombo Fort train station.
From Colombo Fort, there is 24 departures between Monday and Thursday, 23 on Friday, 19 on Saturday and 17 on Sunday.
The first departure of the day is at 0440, and the last one at 2330. The train station in Rambukkana is 3.8 kilometers away from the Pinnawala Elephant Sanctuary. This part of the trip you can either travel by taxi or on foot.
- Train duration is between 3 hr 25 minutes and 4 hr 35 minutes depending on the train.
- Train cost is from €2.50.
Transfer from Colombo Airport to Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage By Bus
Traveling to Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage from Colombo Airport is possible to be done by bus, though it is a bit complicated. The first part of the trip is to reach the Colombo Fort Bus Station.
Reaching this bus station is easiest by catching the bus at the 18th Mile Post bus stop, which is located 900 meters from the arrival terminal.
Line 265 bus that passes on average every 20 minutes, will take you to Colombo Central Bus Stand which is some 700 meters from the Colombo Fort Bus Station.
Though there is no direct bus line between Colombo and Rambukkana, the town in which the elephant orphanage is located, you can get by bus relatively close to it.
Buses that run lines 1-1, 1-2, 1/744-3, 8-1, 16, 21-6, 22-7, 38, 38-1, 37/75, 49, and 79 will take you to Kegalle. The town 15 kilometers from the elephant orphanage, to which you would have to take a taxi ride.
- Bus duration is 2 hr 50 minutes.
- Bus price is From €3.