Hotel Elephant Bay, Pinnawala
About Hotel Elephant Bay, Pinnawala
Awaken to sounds of the ma oya, music of the birds or trumpet of elephants walking across your back yard. All our guest rooms provide absolute privacy with maximum interaction with the untamed beauty of Mother Nature.
The hotel has stood the test of time and coupled with every convenience a modern hotel can offer, continues to whisper legends of love and adventure to everyone who pass through its majestic corridors.
The hotel offers direct access to the panoramic view of the Ma Oya River.A private balcony, restaurant, bar, and a host of other facilities. It is just two hours from Bandaranayke international airport.
Pinnawela, about 80 km northeast of Colombo, is regarded as the biggest herd of captive elephants in the world. Among the elephants is one that lost a foot when it stepped on a mine. Another is blind and is totally reliant on humans. The elephant herd in Pinnawela makes the journey to the river twice a day to bathe under the eyes of the tourists.
Hotel offers 14 rooms and all rooms enjoy the view of the elephant bath. The hotel is also a much sought after location for conferences, conventions, seminars, weeding functions Business meetings, private parties and cocktails with three. Venue to choose from.
Location of Hotel Elephant Bay, Pinnawala
The Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage is situated northwest of the town of Kegalle, halfway between the present capital Colombo and the ancient royal residence Kandy in the hills of central Sri Lanka. It was established in 1975 by the Sri Lanka wildlife department in a 25-acre (100,000 m2) coconut property near the Maha Oya river. The orphanage was originally founded in order to afford care and protection to the many orphaned elephants found in the jungle. As of 2009, there are about 84 elephants. While most of the elephants are healthy, one is blind and one, named Sama, has lost her front right leg due to a landmine.
Accommodation at Hotel Elephant Bay, Pinnawala
Step into one of 20 inviting rooms and escape the stresses of the day with a wide range of amenities such as desk, shower, non smoking rooms, television LCD/plasma screen, balcony/terrace. Besides, the hotel's host of recreational offerings ensures you have plenty to do during your stay. Hotel Elephant Bay is a smart choice for travelers to Kandy, offering a relaxed and hassle-free stay every time.
Facilities at Hotel Elephant Bay, Pinnawala
The Hotel Elephant Bay Kegalle has multiple amenities including a coffee bar, an executive floor and room service. Also on offer are a laundry service, a garden and a wake-up service. Guests can browse the internet with the hotel's standard Wi-Fi connection.
The property features a wide range of facilities to make your stay a pleasant experience. Service-minded staff will welcome and guide you at the Hotel Elephant Bay. Relax in your comfortable guestroom, featuring television, balcony/terrace, air conditioning, non smoking rooms, bathtub. To enhance guests' stay, the hotel offers recreational facilities such as massage, garden. Friendly staff, great facilities and close proximity to all that Kandy has to offer are three great reasons you should stay at Hotel Elephant Bay.
For a small island Sri Lanka has a rich bird fauna, and many passionate bird lovers rank Sri Lanka among their favorite destinations. 426 bird species have been seen in Sri Lanka, and 23 of these are endemic to Sri Lanka, that is, found nowhere else.
Butterfly watching likewise attracts great passion among Sri Lanka nature lovers. As they say where there are flowers there are butterflies and most of the butterflies in the world live in tropical countries.
The elephants go to bathe in the river everyday. The sound of camera clicking swells every time one of the elephant babies splashes about in the water. The visitors can also photograph elephants indulging in other games. You can capture them taking food or rubbing themselves on the trunks of the trees. One can see baby jumbos roaming around their cramped foster home or bottle fed and bathed by mahouts. However you have to pay extra for the privilege of photography.
Milk feeding to the elephants
During a visit to the orphanage you can evident two main activities. One is the bottle feeding and the second one is the elephant bath. (Park entrance fee and other charges would have to be paid separately.)
Feeding time is a must see activity, where all the baby elephants are bottle fed by powdered milk using feeding bottles. At 09.15 am 01.15 pm and 05.00 pm in the evening.
Elephants used to be a major form of transport before the rivers and roads were discovered. They are still used these days especially in Sri Lankan dense forest and broad rivers where it is virtually impassable by other modern modes of transport. One of the best ways to explore natural wonders and be at one with Mother Nature is by elephants.
One can experience elephant riding and arrange for an elephant tour at the many elephant camps around the area. Tourists wishing to explore the forest and visit the village can take elephant rides from a camp near by.
Mountain bicycle on rides
One of the advantages of a bike trip is the flexibility of the daily itinerary. It can vary widely from one trip to the next based on group desires, Mother Nature, and courtesy for other groups in the area. These typical itineraries illustrate a bike trip through various part of the area.
Hiking /trekking tours.
For the keen, there is a load of opportunities awaiting in the luscious hill country .the beautiful area around Pinnawala provides a superb base for hiking and trekking tours ,through jungle, paddy fields and up mountains .Ma-oya is a another key attractions that allows hikers and trekkers to enjoy a refreshing dip enrooted in the same area the mysterious.