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Top 10 hotels in Pinnawala

Ma Oya Retreat
2.5 out of 5
Andirimada, Hiriwaddunna, Rambukkana, Sabaragamuwa
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Apr 10 - Apr 11
0.48 mi from city center
Ma Oya Retreat
The Radh Hotel
4.5 out of 5
30 Colombo St, Kandy, CP
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Apr 11 - Apr 12
17.18 mi from city center
4.3/5Excellent! (45 reviews)

"Excellent city centre location in Kandy, next to Tooth Relic temple and lake, good standard, lovely rooms, a little oasis in the bustling city"…"

Reviewed on Feb 21, 2020

The Radh Hotel
Hotel Elephant Lobby
3 out of 5
Pinnawala, Rambukkana, SG
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May 1 - May 2
0.25 mi from city center
4/5Very Good! (2 reviews)

"The hotel is run by a really nice family. It’s a perfect location to ride the elephants right down the street. You can stay here to save money, and get a balcony room for a great price. Bring your own sheets and towels because you’ll be happier if you do (I did and had a great time). The owners son ..."…"

Reviewed on Mar 7, 2020

Hotel Elephant Lobby
Sevana City Hotel Kandy
3 out of 5
84 Peradeniya Road, Kandy
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May 1 - May 2
16.7 mi from city center
4.4/5Wonderful! (337 reviews)

"Great breakfast, options for Continental or Sri Lankan. Small pool and sun terrace. Comfy beds, good amenities. Supplied a travel hairdryer on request. We found our room noisy, no soundproofing from the stairs and corridor - footsteps, voices, doors banging and water running. We had a ‘courtyard ..."…"

Reviewed on Mar 24, 2020

Sevana City Hotel Kandy
Diyagal Villa Pinnawala
42 Pitawala Rd, Hiriwadunna, Pinnawala, Rambukkana, Sabaragamuwa
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0.63 mi from city center
Diyagal Villa Pinnawala
Hotel Elephant Bay
3 out of 5
Pinnalandawatta, Rambukkana
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0.22 mi from city center
3.6/5Good! (36 reviews)
Really bad experience

"Got the wrong room and only noticed it a couple of hours after we arrived. We paid for the elephant bath view and we were literally on the opposite side. We went to tell the receptionist after dinner and they didn't do anything. We had to go back at the reception the following morning and had to ..."…"

Reviewed on Mar 14, 2019

Hotel Elephant Bay
 OZO Kandy Sri Lanka
4 out of 5
No 31, Saranankara, Mawatha, Kandy
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17.45 mi from city center
4.4/5Excellent! (334 reviews)

"Beautiful location/great view, clean & comfortable rooms, comfy bed. The staff was tremendously kind, friendly, and accommodating--always greeted with a warm, friendly, genuine smile. Great restaurants on site--highly recommend the breakfast buffet, as well as exceptionally tasty desserts. Once again ..."…"

Reviewed on Feb 18, 2020

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Earl's Regent Kandy
4 out of 5
40/1, Deveni Rajasinghe Mawatha, Kandy
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Apr 9 - Apr 10
15.28 mi from city center
3.8/5Good! (118 reviews)

"It was a great experience. Loved the room , ambiance and the service. Highly recommend."…"

Reviewed on Mar 3, 2020

Earl's Regent Kandy
Cinnamon Citadel Kandy
4 out of 5
124, Srimath Kuda Ratwatte Mawatha, Kandy
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May 1 - May 2
16.19 mi from city center
4.2/5Excellent! (265 reviews)

"This is a quiet hotel on the banks of Sri Lanka's largest river Mahaweli - ideal for leisure travellers but not so conveniently located if you are a business visitor as it is out of Kandy and Peradeniya towns."…"

Reviewed on Jan 23, 2020

Cinnamon Citadel Kandy
Earl's Regency
5 out of 5
Kundasale, Kandy
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May 1 - May 2
19.25 mi from city center
4.1/5Very Good! (240 reviews)

"Lovely hotel with smiley staff and amazing food. Facilties are good and location is good but you will need to get a tuk tuk into Kandy. Standards in the hotel are high.As somebody who has worked in food mangament I was very impressed with nightly buffet.Shame oir trip was cut very short by corona ..."…"

Reviewed on Mar 20, 2020

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Visiting Pinnawala

Visitors to Pinnawala are sure to enjoy the riverfront and restaurants. Tourists can also enjoy so much more including its zoo. A top sight in the area is Royal Botanical Garden.

  • There are 8 hotels and other accommodations in Pinnawala
  • The closest major airport is in Colombo (CMB-Bandaranaike Intl.), 36.3 mi (58.4 km) from the city center

Sightseeing and Staying in Pinnawala

The city's natural setting is picturesque, including the riverfront and Millennium Elephant Foundation. A couple of additional sights to add to your agenda are Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage and Pinnawala Zoo.

As you plan your holiday getaway, you'll find 8 hotels and other lodging options available to select from in Pinnawala. Here you'll find top ones based on Expedia user reviews:

  • Hotel Elephant Park - This 2-star hotel features a restaurant, free WiFi, and a bar. It's a favorite with Expedia travelers for its dining options and helpful staff.
  • Hotel Elephant Bay - Our customers like the breakfast and helpful staff at this hotel. With a stay at this 3-star hotel, guests can enjoy access to free breakfast and a restaurant, along with free WiFi.

A popular place to see in the surrounding area is Royal Botanical Garden, 14.3 mi/23.1 km from the center of the city.

Dressing for Pinnawala

  • Between January and March, you can expect average temperatures of 91°F during the day and 72°F at night
  • From April to June, the average during the day is 91°F, while the average at night is 76°F
  • July through September has daytime averages of 87°F with nighttime averages of 76°F
  • In October-December, you can expect daytime averages of 89°F and nighttime averages of 73°F
  • About 2.44 inches of rain falls on Pinnawala each year
  • Usually February and March are the hottest months with an average of 91°F, whereas January and February are often coldest, averaging 72°F

Frequently asked questions

What's the best place for a stay in Pinnawala?
Based on our traveler data, Hotel Elephant Park is one of the top choices for your stay. This hotel offers a restaurant and free WiFi. Other good options for your stay include Ma Oya Retreat and Cafe Pinnalanda.
If I need to cancel my hotel reservation in Pinnawala, will I receive a refund?
Yes! You’ll find that most hotel room reservations are fully refundable if you cancel before the hotel’s cancellation deadline, which is usually within 24-48 hours of your scheduled arrival. If you have a non-refundable reservation, you might be able to still cancel and receive a refund within a 24-hour period of booking. Enter dates in and click on “Search”, then you can use the “free cancellation” filter to review the best options available in Pinnawala.
Where can I learn more about changing or cancelling my trip to Pinnawala?
For more details about changing or cancelling your trip to Pinnawala, click here.
What's the best hotel for a family vacation to Pinnawala?
Tulip Of Ceylon is a top 3.5-star hotel on Expedia for families, and features an outdoor pool and a restaurant. Other options for your family trip include Hotel Elephant Bay and Villa Pinnawala & Restaurant. Also kids of all ages will enjoy a visit to Pinnawala Zoo.
Where is the best hotel to stay with easy access to Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage?
Adjacent to Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage, Hotel Elephant Park is one of the top choices for your stay based on our traveler data, and this hotel offers a restaurant and free WiFi. Other good choices close by include Hotel Elephant Bay and Hotel Elephant Lobby.
What about the best place to stay near Pinnawala Zoo?
One of the top choices for your stay is Hotel Elephant Bay, located a short 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from Pinnawala Zoo, and this 3-star hotel offers free breakfast and a restaurant. Hotel Elephant Park and Diyagal Villa Pinnawala are other good choices nearby.
What's the best hotel for staying near Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB)?
Amora Lagoon is a popular 3.5-star hotel featuring a roundtrip airport shuttle and 2 restaurants. It’s located a short 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Bandaranaike Intl. Airport. Other choices near the airport are Airport resort and Grandeeza Luxury Hotel.
What's it like staying in Pinnawala?
Visitors to Pinnawala are sure to enjoy the riverfront and restaurants. Tourists can also enjoy so much more including its zoo. In Pinnawala, there are 7 hotels and other accommodations to choose from.
What are the top places to visit in Pinnawala?
A couple of favorite places to visit are Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage and Pinnawala Zoo. You’ll also find Royal Botanical Garden and Dhamma Kuta Vipassana Meditation Centre in the area.
What's the weather like in Pinnawala?
The hottest months are usually March and April with an average temp of 91°F, while the coldest months are January and February with an average of 72°F. Average annual rainfall for Pinnawala is 70.38 inches.

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