Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage is established by the Sri Lankan Department of Wildlife Conservation in 1975, providing care and sanctuary to orphaned elephants. At the Orphanage they feed, nurse and house young elephants found abandoned by their mothers. The Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage is built on a 25 acre coconut plantation. , it is an ideal place to watch these majestic beasts as they are taken to the river twice a day for bathing and relaxing in the cool waters. One of the heart-warming sights at the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage is to watch baby elephants being bottle-fed and well nurtured by their mahouts and caretakers. The elephants are also fed large quantities of jackfruit, coconut, kitul (sugar palm), tamarind and grass. This is a definite pit stop on your way to Kandy, and a place to talk about.