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Reviewed March 18, 2019 via mobile

We visited this place on our way to Kandy. The price of Rs3000 is way to much to see some elephants bathing in the river. And when you visit the otherside, the park where they stay, there is not much to see.
I do understand you have to chain these semi wild animals but I really thought they will roam around freely. It is nice to see them thaking a bath i the river and then walk over the street back to the park. I have to admit that it is not worth the price.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Ativoo
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Reviewed March 18, 2019

Spent 2 hours at Millennium Elephant orphanage. The pre walk information sessions was really informative and revealing! Walked with the first elephant born there "Rani" - just a wonderful experience as she accepted food and gently walked around with us. Her mahout was gentle and you could see the intense relationship. The helped washed her in the stream and scrubbed her with coconut shell. I swear she winked at me! She lay there as we all had turns. Then she showered us with water from her trunk. These are just beautiful and serene creatures.
Next door is the only elephant poo paper factory in the world. It's free and fascinating how the elephant dung is used to make paper in a very simple and environmentally friendly way. Nice gift shop as well with the final products for sale, all reasonably priced.

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed March 17, 2019 via mobile

I was dubious about this tour seeing some of the reviews. But I saw no evidence of any cruelty. The elephants are taken to the river twice a day and seem to enjoy their swim. Yes the bulls wear chains but are not chined up they wear them so that they can be controlled if necessary. The attendants are very caring and happy to go into the paddock should an elephant become nasty but never used sticks only their voices to separate the two ladies who seemed to have an issue. I’m very glad I did this tour and would recommend Asda tours who provided a great experience

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed March 16, 2019

While going from Colombo, the tour operators have this on their itinerary.Only Sri Lankan currency accepted for purchasing the tickets. Elephants can be seen chained, eating leaves, taking a bath.In case one has already seen elephants, the trip is not worth the effort. Better is to go straight from Colombo to Kandy

Date of experience: February 2019
1  Thank 586rajs
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Reviewed March 16, 2019 via mobile

We went to this place to see some elephants of the orphanage which are there like 60-70. They have specifc time to take them to bath to the river.
Ticket for 1 person is Rs 3000 which is quite expensive. Nice to visit for a shot time.

Date of experience: November 2018
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