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Millennium Elephant Foundation
Ranked #2 of 5 things to do in Kegalle
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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
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.

2  Thank Cherrol W
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Reviewed August 12, 2014 via mobile

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 in chains all day PLEASE DO NOT VISIT HERE as the more people that visit, this is encouraging them to carry on and if you read the review that was written by a vet that visited this place, then you will understand the cruelty that is carried out ENOUGH IS ENOUGH.

6  Thank Adele S
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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 even been given time for a rest in the shade when we got there. Yes, the Mahouts do carry the sticks with sharp edges, but we didn't see them getting used once, and the only way we seen the elephants being controlled was be voice commands, We enjoyed a lovely ride on one of the elephants and then got to give a different elephant a bath using coconut shells, which is an absolutely unforgettable experience!

4  Thank LucyMorrell
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Reviewed August 5, 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 as for us it certainly was a highlight.

4  Thank FizzChick
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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 tip but we didn't mind. They became more accommodating and were shown around more than the others.

We get to give the elephant a long scrub in the river which was so awesome. Memorable indeed! We will never see elephants and not remember the day we went to The Millennium Elephant Foundation.

1  Thank Turknoys
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