Sri Lanka’s Pinnewala for Elephant Riding


One of the highlights from my tour round the south part of Sri Lanka was elephant riding in Pinnewala.

Elephant riding in Pinnawala

How to get to Pinnewala

The nearest large city to Pinnewala is Kandy, Sri Lanka’s second biggest city after the capital Colombo. Ideally, you should base yourself in Kandy while visiting Pinnewala, although if you have lot of time on your hands, staying nearby is a better option and there are resorts in and around Pinnewala. I’d recommend getting a private bus, hire a driver or get the local bus 662 to Kegalle, jumping off at Karandunpona Junction and changing to the 681 bus to Pinnewala (it’s heading to Rambukkana).

Jonny Blair and an elephant in Pinnewala Sri Lanka

Elephant bathing in Pinnewala

On the main road into Pinnewala from Kandy, you will see a load of places advertising for Elephant trekking, elephant riding, elephant viewing and general elephant related stuff.

riding elephants in Pinnewala Sri Lanka

Where is the elephant riding in Pinnewala?

You can try the Club Concept Elephant Safaris in Randeniya, Hiriwadunna, Kegalle. It’s less than 10 minutes drive from central Pinnewala.

Telephone: 035 2263377 Fax: 035 2263130.

Elephant riding in Pinnewala on Don't Stop Living

elephants parading along the streets in Pinnewala

My Videos from elephant riding in Pinnawala, Sri Lanka:

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Jonny Scott Blair
Jonny Blair is a self confessed traveling nomad who founded and blogs at Don't Stop Living. He sees every day as an adventure. Since leaving behind his home town of Bangor in Northern Ireland ten years ago he has traveled to all seven continents, working his way through various jobs and funding it all with hard work and an appetite for travel. Don’t Stop Living, a lifestyle of travel' contains over 1,000 stories and tips from his journeys round the globe. He wants to show others how easy it is to travel the world, give them some ideas and encourage them to do the same but most of all he aims to constantly live a lifestyle of travel. He is currently based in Hong Kong and on Twitter @jonnyblair.
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