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The Millennium Elephant Foundation

Randeniya, Hiriwadunna, Kegalle, Sri Lanka
94 35 2265377
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Ranked #2 of 2 Attractions in Kegalle
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
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Antwerp, Belgium
2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

We visited Millenium Elephant Foundation in august this year. At MEF they only paid attention to us until we paid the entrance fee for washing an elephant. They tried to sell us an elephant ride too, but we kindly declined it. From that moment the staff just looked through us. For the ticket we paid for we could wash an... More

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

This place should be closed down! The elephants are very badly treated by unfriendly, scary men. All these men care about is money, money, money. The elephants looked very tired and worn out. Some of them even looked mentally crazy. I'd be crazy too if men were shouting at me with big sticks, forcing me to walk with people on... More

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Sydney, Australia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

After reading reviews, we chose to visit Millennium over Pinnawella in the hope that the elephants would be treated better. We found it to be an extremely depressing experience, and really regretted giving money to support the place. Although there are no chains, the elephants all look exhausted. They are ordered to lie down in the mud over and over... More

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South Australia, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

There didn't seem to be many elephants here and they just seemed to be for the benefit of paying tourists who wanted rides and photos with elephants. Two girls were riding on an elephant and were so terrified they were screaming and it took a long time for the mahout to do anything about it.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

I have read the reviews and it is absolutely disgusting how these elephants are treated, they may be wild animals but they are beautiful creatures and should not be treated this way, this place should be shut down and the elephants should be let back in the wild or taken somewhere where they are treated well and not tied up... More

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

After reading reviews on here I was very apprehensive about visiting here, but wanted to see for myself. Yes the elephants do have chains around them, but unlike other places in Sri Lanka, at least the back legs of the elephants were not chained together! The elephants were been treated well from what we could see, the young elephant was... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

There were 4 of us, 2 adults and 2 adult children and we all thoroughly enjoyed this experience. We all got to ride beautiful Puja and feed her and then the 2 youngsters bathed her. Fabulous experience. And the guide took some fantastic pictures of the whole experience. Would have no qualms about recommending this as a place to visit... More

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Doha, Qatar
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

It was a very memorable day with the elephants with our three kids! Our 2 year old daughter was so amazed and was allowed to have a medium distance ride with elephant! Our 4-year old son hesitated for a while but the crew patiently waited for him to warm up to the elephant. Yes, we had to give a huge... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

To ride on an elephant and then to scrub it with coconut husks, sit on its back again and be sprayed with water from its trunk was an experience neither me or my son will ever forget. Go here instead of Pennewala and don't forget a change of clothes.

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Melbourne, Australia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

My girlfriend and I recently went to this elephant foundation after our driver reccomended going. What a stupid mistake this was! An absolute waste of money and not a good experience. We paid for a 'medium' walk and was basically thrown on the elephant back, walked 50m up a path and back, all for 6000 rupees. Very cruel to the... More

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