Millennium Elephant Foundation, Kegalle

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Take a walk with elephants at Millennium Elephant Foundation, a 6 hectare (15 acre) rescue and rehabilitation center dedicated to caring for these majestic creatures. Captive elephants in Sri Lanka are common--they're often not only used as a sign of wealth and as tourist attractions, but also as labor for the logging industry. This foundation raises awareness about elephant mistreatment and promotes the phasing out of elephant rides and the ban of Howdah elephant chairs. After a stroll with these mighty creatures, help an elephant relax in a refreshing river bath. Volunteers as well as tourists are welcome at the foundation. Use our Kegalle vacation trip planner to arrange your visit to Millennium Elephant Foundation and other attractions in Kegalle.
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  • A great experience. MEF do a great job and from what I saw, they genuinely care. Walk and bath the elephants just a fab experience but arrive early to enjoy the peace and quiet. Please don't just go t...  more »
  • We headed here in our first days in SL. The paper factory is interesting (they are making paper out of elephant's excrements), otherwise all the thing is quite touristic. You can see few elephants, yo...  more »
  • One of those moments where you see something extraordinary however also very sad at the same time to see the elephants chained up. You can choose to just sightsee or ride the elephants for about 200m....  more »
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  • A truly awesome place for elephant riding , feeding and bathing. Unlike other places the elephants are NOT harmed while the tourists enjoy . During the elephant ride, the tourists are made to sit directly on the elephants without any cage on top of the animal. This method does not harm the elephant and also provides a truly amazing experience for the tourists by letting them feel the rib movement of the elephant. The guides are also very friendly and helpful. In short a must visit place in Sri Lanka..
  • There are many places with elephants in Pinnawala and we chose this one for no real reason. Interaction with animals was a great experience. We didn't ride them because it is not healthy for an elephants but over all we enjoyed to be close to them. If you don't want to ride an elephant it is optional for you. I believe they treat animals like anywhere else in Sri Lanka and hopefully with some kind of respect. Don't forget they are not a pets for them.
  • We visited Millennium Elephant Foundation while on holiday in March 2016. We were truly disappointed how animals were treated there. They were being exploited to make money on tourists who rode them for a photo opportunity (for extra money of course!). These animals are still being in chains and it was a very poor sight indeed. We stayed for two minutes and left feeling really sorry for these poor animals. After many years of being exploited they deserve better.
  • Good place for elephant watching and riding. They have elephant dung paper factory also
  • Fanatic pleace!!! The animals are so beautiful 😍 Please, choose an elephant walk in the forest!! Not the ride!!! Be good for them too

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