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Millennium Elephant Foundation

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| Randeniya, Hiriwadunna, Kegalle, Sri Lanka
+94 76 900 8388
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Terrible place

Terrible place to visit, only 7 elephants, all in chains... I was sad to see this elephants. The... read more

Reviewed February 18, 2017
Taja P
via mobile
Elephant Walk Experience - do this one, fantastic time!

We booked the Elephant walk experience package, even though it was the most expensive thing they... read more

Reviewed February 14, 2017
Magdalena M
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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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
  • Excellent40%
  • Very good17%
  • Average12%
  • Poor9%
  • Terrible22%
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| Randeniya, Hiriwadunna, Kegalle, Sri Lanka
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Reviewed February 18, 2017 via mobile

Terrible place to visit, only 7 elephants, all in chains... I was sad to see this elephants. The tuk tuk driver suggested us to visit Millennium and not Pinawalla and we regrated this choise.More

1  Thank Taja P
Millennium_Elephant, Manager at Millennium Elephant Foundation, responded to this reviewResponded February 22, 2017

I am so sorry you feel this way about our foundation. We are also so sorry you did not take the opportunity to read our museum or ask ore questions so you could learn about all our hard-work. Due to funds we are limited how...More

Reviewed February 14, 2017

We booked the Elephant walk experience package, even though it was the most expensive thing they offer there - but we wanted to avoid riding animals at all cost, but also have the chance to interact with them. It turned out to be a private...More

1  Thank Magdalena M
Millennium_Elephant, Manager at Millennium Elephant Foundation, responded to this reviewResponded February 21, 2017

Thank you so much for your feedback i am so happy you enjoyed your experience. Please can you email me anything your feel i can do to improve the lunch for future visitors please. Asthis is the first negative review iv readabout the food and...More

Reviewed February 11, 2017 via mobile

People who have given poor reviews on Trip Advisor should have taken time to appreciate what this organisation is doing. It is not a place to see cuddly baby elephants, but a place that rehabilitates working elephants that have been mistreated or have had howdahs...More

Thank Lynne M
Millennium_Elephant, Manager at Millennium Elephant Foundation, responded to this reviewResponded February 21, 2017

Thank you so much for our review Im glad we got the time to meet and i'm so happy you were recommended by one of our past volunteers who can truly vouch for the work we do here (thank you James Taylor) Like James you...More

Reviewed January 31, 2017

We used a travel consultant to organise our weeks tour of Sri Lanka. We had stated the the elephant orphanage was a must as we both have a strong interest in elephant conservation. She had other ideas and booked us in for MEF. It's a...More

1  Thank Aileen J
Millennium_Elephant, Manager at Millennium Elephant Foundation, responded to this reviewResponded February 21, 2017

Hi There I am so sorry you didn't get to fulfill your dreams of visiting the elephant orphanage, this was not nice of your driver and alot of our guests have similar complaints. Probably because the drivers receive commission when they come to our venue...More

Reviewed January 18, 2017 via mobile

Great fun watching the kids get an elephant shower. The small museum is interesting. The dung paper factory next door is a hoot. The tour guide who took us around was very informative and very amusing. Nice spot for souvenirs.More

Thank MandMontour
Millennium_Elephant, Manager at Millennium Elephant Foundation, responded to this reviewResponded February 21, 2017

Thank you for your lovely review, so happy you and your family enjoyed it. If you would like to support our hard work for these animals in the future please visit our website under the how you can help tab for fundraising ideas and how...More

Reviewed January 18, 2017

My family and I did not intend to visit this place, but it was a stop off as part of a day trip, so we went in, to start with it did not appear to be too awful, ( I love elephants and think they...More

7  Thank lin045
Millennium_Elephant, Manager at Millennium Elephant Foundation, responded to this reviewResponded February 21, 2017

I am so sorry you got such a false impression of this place. It breaks our hearts to hear such awful opinions of our place when we try so hard to make it the best place for domestic elephants of Sri Lanka. The coconut husk...More

Reviewed January 8, 2017

Elephants, recovering from trauma, are well treated. You can take a small tour on the bareback of the elephant (extra cost), wash the elephant in the river (extra cost), etc.. A nice little exhibit on the foundation and elephants. If you have children, they will...More

Thank charles v
Millennium_Elephant, Manager at Millennium Elephant Foundation, responded to this reviewResponded February 22, 2017

Thank you so much for your positive review we are so happy you and your family enjoyed your time with us Thanks so much for your support please be assured your financial contribution on entrance fees goes towards continuing our hard work for the domesticated...More

Reviewed January 8, 2017 via mobile

Expensive and terrible. The elephants seem badly mistreated and the staff is rude and pushing for extra tips. Anyone caring the slightest bit about animal wellbeing should stay away from this place.More

5  Thank Sofie P
Millennium_Elephant, Manager at Millennium Elephant Foundation, responded to this reviewResponded February 21, 2017

Its so so sad for us to here such a false opinion of our place after spending only a few minutes here. After 18 years as a foundation improving the welfare of domestic elephants and the 2 years of me working here i can assure...More

Reviewed January 6, 2017 via mobile

I loved the elephants, very friendly but did not like the way, they were treated, this is not an orphanage for elephants it is more like a circus, some elephants are wounded.. for a fee of 2000 rupees u can bathe and ride the elephant,...More

1  Thank Ritta S
Millennium_Elephant, Manager at Millennium Elephant Foundation, responded to this reviewResponded February 21, 2017

I am so sorry you were given no explanations to our work here. Please if you have any pictures or can remember your guides name please email them to me so we can have a word with him about your experience as this is not...More

Reviewed January 4, 2017 via mobile

My youngest daughter volunteered here for 6 weeks in February 16 and we as a family revisited to say hello. What a wonderful place with such a caring approach to these magnificent animals. They recognised her from the security at the gate to the manager...More

1  Thank Andrew W
Millennium_Elephant, Manager at Millennium Elephant Foundation, responded to this reviewResponded February 22, 2017

Hi Andrew Many Thanks to you and Tash for your support over the many years you have been visiting MEF. I was gutted i missed you at Christmas when you came. Without supporters like yourselves we would not be wear we are today and we...More

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Sonyav_13
March 20, 2017|
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Response from Millennium_Elephant | Property representative |
Many thanks for your enquiry It is not essential to book, however please choose The Elephant Walk Experience not the riding option on the gate package number 1. If you pre-book, all your entry fee goes straight back into... More
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cazzaturner666
July 12, 2016|
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Response from Millennium_Elephant | Property representative |
From Kandy you can take a local bus to Kegalle then a tuk tuk to MEF for 300 rupees or the bus number 681 from Kegalle which will drop you outt front 20 rupees. More commonly know as Elephant Bath- Randeniya Or you can... More
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tptonka
October 8, 2015|
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Response from Millennium_Elephant | Property representative |
Hello, Thank you for your interest in Millennium Elephant Foundation. Our price is Rs 6,000 per person to do our new Elephant Walk Experience which includes lunch, this experience allows you to get up close and personal by... More
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