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. Put Millennium Elephant Foundation on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Kegalle trip planner.
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Millennium Elephant Foundation Reviews
WoodheadManchesterOctober 5, 2017
As my friend and I were staying at The Elephant Park Hotel the obvious choice would of been the orphanage at the top of the road, However, as I researched all the options for our tour of Sri Lanka I d... more »
Kévin RSeptember 30, 2017
Nous sommes arrivés avec notre guide du jour qui est étudiant à kandy. A l'entrée on nous indique les différents pack ( bain, balade de 200-300m et visite du musée) Nous décidons de pré des la total p... more »We arrived with our guide for the day, who is a student at kandy. At the entrance we were told different pack (bath, walk of 200-300 m and visit to the Museum) we decide to pre of the total to spend much time with the elephants. Once inside anyone don't explained us what either. After 5 minutes a man come on, tell us to put us in the water for the bath of the elephants great time if only one above don't us was in a hurry! In the final 3 minutes shows hand with the elephant. Not even time to realize what's happening. Without dragging direction the same walk 3 min watch in hand the elephant read do 3-4pas and it's over. This has been the case for other tourists present in the Park. Visited the Museum that is correct. Last negative after paying 2000rps per person, each healer insist give them tips that we have walked sheep and were able to enjoy the moment... In the end extremely disappointed! PS: elephant pushed with spikes so that it advances, I don't think they are better than elsewhere.
Martina CSeptember 28, 2017
Ho passato presso la fondazione millenium tre settimane tra le più belle e intense della mia vita. Ho potuto vivere a stretto contatto con i volontari e le persone che ogni giorno lavorano con e per g... more »I spent three weeks at the millenium Foundation among the most beautiful and intense of my life. I could live in close contact with volunteers and people who daily work with and for the elephants. L love the commitment and seriousness that I encountered in the work of all taught me a lot. The elephants are loved and looked after all day and all night. Advice to those who want to make a real experience of stopping just a few days, to contribute and receive in Exchange unique experiences, friendships and values, first and foremost the respect and love of animals.
Srishtika SriramMay 31, 2017
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..
Jiří ProkešApril 28, 2017
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.
Anna KleinmanMarch 26, 2017
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.
Sameera HewawasamApril 27, 2017
Good place for elephant watching and riding. They have elephant dung paper factory also
Jolasolotrips comMarch 6, 2017
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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