Millennium Elephant Foundation, Kegalle

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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  • We were a little apprehensive about what this place may be like in terms of animal welfare. However, when we arrived we were quickly reassured by Ruwan, one of the guides, as to the history and welfar...  more »
  • We went for a walk with the elephants, as we were looking for an alternative for the orphanage. They are promoting walking with elephants instead of riding. But unfortunately we saw a lot of tourist s...  more »
  • Had a wonderful experience here wish we had found this place earlier as I would of been back every week as a volunteer to help out ? Nisham was a great and knowledgeable guide and took care of us. Suc...  more »
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  • I liked the experience of riding the elephant and the provided information in the museum. It is really interesting to learn something new about unseen before creature.
  • Great work initiated by a Good family
  • 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..
  • I only went into this place as my children begged me. I rode an elephant years ago in Thailand before I knew better, I was assured this was an orphanage type place for elephants. Kids rode with Hubby, their elephant had no chains which made me think maybe the place wasn't too bad. As they rode all the other riders came back, turns out ours was the only unchained elephant. Things took a turn for the worse when we were led to the river to wash an elephant. "No stand back, this elephant is naughty and you can't get close." The elephant had a massive lump on its front leg and was chained in the water by both a back and front leg. This elephant was a "tusked" elephant and was clear just chained there to show off its tusks.
  • very nice experience, washing and feeding and elephant riding, clean environment, very friendly staff behavior

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