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Millennium Elephant Foundation

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| Randeniya, Hiriwadunna, Kegalle, Sri Lanka
+94 76 900 8388
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Amazing experience !

Great experience doing the 1day/1night volunteer programme, we were very involved in the care of... read more

Reviewed today
Bethany H
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Well worth the money...

If you want an elephant experience this one is great. We chose it as it had the option to merely... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Dominic J
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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 estate as they foragae and wander and graze as they would in the wild. The alternative to elephant riding option and the most ethical, u close and personal experience you can have with captive elephants in Sri Lanka Offering a volunteer program where guests can have the hands on experience of caring for these gentle giants, and the opportunity to learn all about the situation for elephants in Sri Lanka and the hard work of Millennium Elephant Foundation Located half way between Colombo to Kandy this is the ideal stop for a unique elephant experience. We also offer accommodation, refreshments and meals for our visitors to enjoy in our traditional colonial house, surrounded by luscious grounds and greenery for you to enjoy
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Hours Today: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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| Randeniya, Hiriwadunna, Kegalle, Sri Lanka
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+94 76 900 8388
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Reviewed today via mobile

Great experience doing the 1day/1night volunteer programme, we were very involved in the care of elephants and had a lot of fun whilst working there ! We were made to feel very welcome by everyone. Wish we could’ve stopped longer !

Thank Bethany H
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

If you want an elephant experience this one is great. We chose it as it had the option to merely walk with and not ride the elephants. Very educational and non-exploitative. The mahout was a hoot...and washing the elephant was a highlight. Then she washed...More

Thank Dominic J
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Before deciding whether to go to millennium elephant foundation or Pinnawala orphanage, we read a lot of reviews which said different things and made it difficult to make a decision. We decided to go to MEF because we wanted an up close experience with an...More

Thank Zoe D
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Millennium_Elephant, Manager at Millennium Elephant Foundation, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

ah thanks so much Zoe for choosing to visit Millennium Elephant foundation and participating in the elephant walk experience.thanks for taking the time to share your experience with others and sharing our lovely photos hope the rest of your holiday was just as enjoyable Thanks...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

What a wonderful experience walking with the elephants and seeing the amazing work that the Millennium Elephant foundation is doing. The elephants are well looked after and look happy and healthy. Our guide Chaminda was very knowledgeable and friendly. We had a delicious lunch there,...More

Thank Alice F
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Millennium_Elephant, Manager at Millennium Elephant Foundation, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thank you so much for visiting our foundation and taking the time to learn about who we are and what we do. Your kind words will be passed on to Chaminda So glad that you chose the walk experience,thank you so much for your support...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Volunteered at MEF for over 2 weeks. Awesome staff and amazing elephant program. The guides make sure that you know all about the great work they do, and anything and everything at the elephants there! Try the elephant walk, a great way to get to...More

Thank elsadj
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Millennium_Elephant, Manager at Millennium Elephant Foundation, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

We are so pleased to read your review and that you had such a nice time during your elephant walk experience, Thanks so much for choosing Millennium Elephant Foundation and for sharing your experience with others. Your support means a lot. So thank you

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My family and I started our Sri Lanka tour with this visit and I really recommend it . Even if we had the opportunity to meet elephants by the past, we enjoyed a lot our time spent with our guide Chaminda who took time to...More

Thank amarlin
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Millennium_Elephant, Manager at Millennium Elephant Foundation, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review, your kind words have been passed on to Chaminda We are so happy you enjoyed your experience with us we hope the rest of your holiday is just as enjoyable

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Myself and two others visited in March 2018. We had done lots of research as we had concerns about animals being exploited for tourism. We came across the millennium elephant foundation and we are so glad we did! We did the walking experience after vowing...More

Thank WanderlustC1989
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Millennium_Elephant, Manager at Millennium Elephant Foundation, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you so much for your very thorough and understanding review, we are so pleased you enjoyed your experienced and left feeling fulfilled and educated. thank you so much for doing your research prior and for learning about our elephants and our cause during your...More

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Reviewed May 14, 2018

Our family loved the Elephant walk and shower experience. We chose not to ride the elephants as we felt this wasn't appropriate. The guided tour walking with the Elephant was excellent, very informative and we were able to stop and get photos and touch the...More

1  Thank QldKell
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Millennium_Elephant, Manager at Millennium Elephant Foundation, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you so much for choosing the elephant walk experience and visiting our foundation. We are so pleased you enjoyed the experience and took the time to write a review for us and share the experience with others. Awareness is key to our growth so...More

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Reviewed May 9, 2018

i love the idea of walking with elephant instead riding them. here i had a great moment with the elephant and feed her, and bathed her. she is very gentle and she loved the fruits i put on her long nose :) The Mahout Ananda,...More

3  Thank camillashcn
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Millennium_Elephant, Manager at Millennium Elephant Foundation, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

So please you opted for the elephant walk experience over the elephant riding allowing our ellies that maximum freedom and a chance to enjoy the experience as much as you did. I have passed on your kind words and appreciation to Shuhail also who is...More

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Reviewed May 2, 2018 via mobile

I have read some reviews (mostly connected to local Hotel reviews) that indicate that the Elephants are commercialised. This is not the case with the Foundation and great work is done here. Yes you pay and you can ride the elephants, however you ride bear...More

3  Thank Martin G
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Millennium_Elephant, Manager at Millennium Elephant Foundation, responded to this reviewResponded May 2, 2018

Thanks Martin for your very fair and honest opinion of our place, your open mind, and the fact that you read our museum, listened to your guide and were educated during your visit means the world to us and we are so pleased you understand...More

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Sovana D
June 8, 2018|
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Response from Veselina Z | Reviewed this property |
Hi, we did the walk in January. We started around 9:30-10:00 and finished around 12. Have in mind that you should call ot mail them earlier so they could book a tour guy for your visit and save a starting hour for you group... More
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March 17, 2018|
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Response from Millennium_Elephant | Property representative |
Male to Colombo and is about 40 minutes to 1 hour We look forward to your visit Please book via the website Many Thanks Millennium elephant foundation
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Brendan G
January 5, 2018|
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Response from Millennium_Elephant | Property representative |
You can stay onsite if you wish, we have private rooms available at the colonial house the family's home for 5000 rupees per person with breakfast or dormitory style rooms for 1500 rs with breakfast There is a hotel called... More
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