Pinnawala Village, Sri Lanka

This is my accommodation, the three-star Hotel Topaz Kandy.

This is my accommodation, the three-star Hotel Topaz Kandy.

At the morning, I strolled around the hotel and took some photographs of flowers in the garden.

Flowers from the garden of Hotel Topaz

Flowers from the garden of Hotel Topaz

Near the hotel, a wedding ceremony was held, they were dressed in traditional costumes.

Near the hotel, a wedding ceremony was held, they were dressed in traditional costumes.

Left the town of Kandy for the next destination Pinnawala.

Left the town of Kandy for the next destination Pinnawala.

Scenery on the way from Kandy to Pinnawala, (photos taken from inside the car)

Scenery on the way from Kandy to Pinnawala, (photos taken from inside the car)

Going into the Pinnawala village.

Going into the Pinnawala village.

Pinnawala village is in Kegalle District of Sri Lanka and is located around 40 km west from Kandy. It is well known for its elephant orphanage.

The Elephant Orphanage and Nursing Home on Pinnawala Village.

The Elephant Orphanage and Nursing Home on Pinnawala Village.

Sign and Monument of Elephant Orphanage

Sign and Monument of Elephant Orphanage

Entrance to the Elephant Orphanage

Entrance to the Elephant Orphanage

The orphanage was originally founded in order to afford care and protection to many of the orphaned and not weaned wild elephants found wandering in and near the forests.

The ticket hall and the main shows.

The ticket hall and the main shows.

It was established in 1975 by the Sri Lanka Department of Wildlife Conservation.

Internal Land of Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, elephants grazing freely.

Internal Land of Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, elephants grazing freely.

Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage Site Plan

Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage Site Plan

Internal Land of Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

There are about 84 elephants under protection.

There are about 88 elephants under protection, including 37 males and 51 females.

The orphanage was established to feed, nurse and house young elephants found abandoned by their mothers. Young elephants sometimes fall into pits and ravines in their quest for water during drought period.

The orphanage was established to feed, nurse and house young elephants found abandoned by their mothers.

The orphanage was established to feed, nurse and house young elephants found abandoned by their mothers.

Gone out the Elephant Orphanage, through the  narrow street, headed for  the Maha Oya river, where elephants are enjoying bathing.

This street is called “To Elephant Bathing Position.”

This street is called “To Elephant Bathing Position.” Again, foreigners have to pay the entrance fee.

Found a strange shop on the street.

Found a strange shop on the street. It seems to be the paper industry.

Brochure of Elephant Dung Paper

Brochure of Elephant Dung Paper

Elephant dung contains fiber suitable to make paper. Pictures show various stages in the process of making paper from elephant dung in Pinnawala elephant orphanage.

Process of Elephant Dung Paper

Process of Elephant Dung Paper

It is claimed that the paper and the cardboard made from elephant dung are more suitable for drawing.

These stationery has been made from elephant dung.

These stationery has been made from elephant dung

Pinnalanda Hotel

Hotel Pinnalanda

Arrived at “Maha Oya” river and entered the duining room of Hotel Pinnawala to take lunch.

Already, elephants are bathing.

Already, elephants are bathing.

View from the hotel.

View from the hotel, watching elephants while taking a meal.

Elephants on the river of Maha Oya. (Photos from Hotel Pinnawala.)

Elephants on the river of Maha Oya. (Photos from Hotel Pinnawala.)

Elephants and tourists are enjoying each other.

Elephants and tourists are enjoying each other.

Elephants seem to go home. By the way, I should leave for the next destination.

Elephants seem to go home. By the way, I should leave for the next destination.

They are going to their home, I am going to the parking lot.

They are going to their home, I am going to the parking lot.

Pinnawala is a very pleasant place for the elephant lovers.

Goods, made from elephant poop.

Goods, made from elephant poop.

Left Pinnawala vilage and went to next destination Nuwara Eliya.

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