We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Millennium Elephant Foundation

Features Animals
Open Now: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Open today: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Review Highlights
Great experience

My friend and I visited the Millenium Elephant Foundation park this morning. We chose the Elephant... read more

Reviewed today
Vegangirltravels
Enjoyable day - seems ethically sound

Enjoyed our time here. A bit expensive but seems to be going to a good cause - they look after... read more

Reviewed today
Nick L
,
Brisbane, Australia
via mobile
Read all 990 reviews
777
All photos (777)
Full view
Traveler Overview
  • Excellent48%
  • Very good16%
  • Average10%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible19%
Travelers talk about
“elephant walk”(126 reviews)
“the river”(185 reviews)
“sri lanka”(125 reviews)
About
A family Run NGO working to improve the lives of domesticated elephants throughout Sri Lanka. Charity number 457. Home of the exclusive Elephant Walk Experience, A personal safari that allows you to follow the elephant around the 15 acre coconut...more
Open Now
Hours Today: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
See all hours
Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
Contact
| Randeniya, Hiriwadunna, Kegalle, Sri Lanka
Website
+94 76 900 8388
Call
Improve This Listing
Reviews (990)
Filter reviews
764 results
Traveler rating
397
123
66
47
131
Traveler type
Time of year
LanguageEnglish
More languages
397
123
66
47
131
Show reviews that mention
All reviews elephant walk the river sri lanka small museum elephant shower next door free roaming paper factory fruit working elephants colonial house interesting facts amazing animals take care walking experience bad reviews personal experience
FilterEnglish
Updating list...
1 - 10 of 764 reviews
Reviewed today

My friend and I visited the Millenium Elephant Foundation park this morning. We chose the Elephant walk experience, which was totally worth the 5000 LKR. We got our own guide - Nishan, who was there the whole way and happily answered all of our questions...More

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank Vegangirltravels
Reviewed today via mobile

Enjoyed our time here. A bit expensive but seems to be going to a good cause - they look after elephants at this site as well as providing a free mobile vet service. Jaz was our informative guide and the kids enjoyed getting up close...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Nick L
Reviewed yesterday

We walked with our elephant while it was foraging in the bush. Gave our elephant a scrub down in the river and got a trunk shower from him. Beautiful place and happy elephants Thank you for the experience Kaye & Paul Higgins Australia

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank higgip
Reviewed 2 days ago

We did the walk with the elephant and it was outstanding! Nisham, a staff member, staff gave us lots of background information about Asian Elephants and the Foundation when we first arrived. Then we met our elephant, Kundula and were able to feed him some...More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank Pigeoncover
Millennium Elep... F, Manager at Millennium Elephant Foundation, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you so much for choosing the Elephant walk experience, we are so pleased you had such a great experience and that you ad your family enjoyed your visit. Your kind words will be passed onto nishan who will be very pleased with you feedback...More

Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Made me disappointed to see that the website said the elephants weren’t tied up, ridden on or chained but once I got there, there was signs saying that they were chained and people riding them. Was not expecting to see this and made me very...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Ashfordnz
Millennium Elep... F, Manager at Millennium Elephant Foundation, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Good Morning I'm afraid you are incorrect, our website mentions nothing about zero chains and has images and videos all over it with elephants in chains and desperately needs updating (maybe you read the incorrect website? We also have prices on the website for riding...More

Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

MEF far exceeded expectations, they are completely ethical and treat the elephants with absolute love and respect. Chains are removed and replaced with more ethical and satisfactory methods unlike many others in Sri Lanka. All staff and volunteers tend to the beautiful elephants rescued from...More

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank HypotheticalPanda
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Went with my school to volunteer and loved it! Treat the animals amazing and was the best part of my time in Sri Lanka. The staff were so friendly and showed so much care for the animals and environment they we’re living in. Would definitely...More

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank Ava Tori M
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Our walk experience with Rani the elephant was the highlight of my wife's visit to Sri Lanka, and for me also. Before we set off, our very knowledgeable and intelligible guide Shuhail gave us an excellent explanation of Asian elephants and the origins and mission...More

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank TedWalsh
Reviewed 6 days ago

A very good guide explained everything about the Asian elephants as compared with African elephants. We enjoyed our first ride on an elephant and experienced an "elephant shower" organised on purpose by the trainer. A super time.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank kevinbF5473RL
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great place to interact with elephants, riding bathing and feeding. Offers personal guide through all the time, who also explains the exhibits in the small museum in the area. Deifinitely worth a visit!

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Ivan B
View more reviews
Nearby
Nearby HotelsSee all 3 nearby hotels
Hotel Heshani
1 review
3.31 miles away
Green Tulip Hotel
7 reviews
7.15 miles away
Hotel Lagone
7 reviews
7.43 miles away
Hotel Sunrich
52 reviews
12.96 miles away
Nearby RestaurantsSee all 11 nearby restaurants
Pinnalanda Hotel Restaurant
68 reviews
1.76 miles away
Channa
135 reviews
1.88 miles away
Cafe Channa Pinnawalla
10 reviews
1.75 miles away
Salika Inn
11 reviews
3.42 miles away
Nearby AttractionsSee all 5 nearby attractions
Elephant Freedom Project
359 reviews
.84 miles away
See Lanka Travels
97 reviews
1.73 miles away
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
3,728 reviews
2.63 miles away
Questions & Answers
Ask a question
Emberali
January 17, 2019|
Answer
Response from desperate_traveler_7 | Reviewed this property |
No, it’s different places. Pinnawala used to be orphant elephants, but overtime they started having babies and now it’s just “elephant zoo” VS Millenium is like a “retirement home” for old elephants or orphanage for... More
0
Votes
Emberali
January 17, 2019|
AnswerShow all 4 answers
Response from trisha d | Reviewed this property |
No it is different. This place is amazing, and they take great care of their elephants. No riding them, as it actually hurts them to have that great big saddle under their ribs. Just make sure you get to the right one as... More
1
Vote
fry04
December 21, 2018|
AnswerShow all 4 answers
Response from Millennium Elep... F | Property representative |
Very easily.1.5 hours Kandy to.the foundatiom 1 or 2 hours at the temple 2 hours for the Elephant walk experience at MEF
0
Votes