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Millennium Elephant Foundation, Kegalle
(2.2/5 based on 550+ reviews on the web)
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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  • I took my fiancée here after reading some pretty mixed reviews, some terrible and some great. From what we saw walking around the grounds with Ranmenika, a 50 year old elephant we walked with, it's ha...  more »
  • Carted loads of tourists. We thought with the entrance of almost €50 for 2 pers. The topic is, but any explanation, touching an elephant can stop pretty much everyone in the system for each view, again the hand. Please, dear Sri lankaer, tourists are no ATM. Even if you can afford it, it clouds the holiday joy sustainably. Whether the elephant species are kept, we could judge difficult. At least it is mentioned on every corner... This makes a bow and goes rather to the elephant orphanage.
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  • Unlike the opinions issued previously, we had a great time at the orphanage for elephant Millennium. We could discuss with volunteers working at the Foundation who helped reassure on the treatment of the pachyderms and narrated their experiences. Only guides are a bit overwhelming.
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  • Enough of the tip begging! If you don't have children, and if you don't have to out a picture of you riding an elephant on Facebook, then this is quite unnecessary. Also, although you pay 2000 rupes per person, you still have to tip three different people during the visit! This is too much! I don't mind paying a little more as entry fee and know that all employees are paid well, but the begging for tips by everyone there makes a really bad experience.
  • Purely a tourist attraction using the elephants to make money. The animals seem very sad. The workers are not shy to ask for a tip before even doing any type of service. The elephants are chained as the workers yell at them and poke them with sticks, one end is a very sharp metal point that they probably use when no one is looking. Please don't support this company. Elephants are not meant to be chained nor forced to lay down or take people riding on their backs for entertainment. History shows this was a necessity for human survival, we do not need to destroy their lives for our amusement.
  • One of the worst places... Elephants were not treated well. All elephants seem to be unhappy
  • Good place to visit
  • What a place. Full of excitement and fun with elephants