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Millennium Elephant Foundation, Kegalle
(2.2/5 based on 500+ 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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  • We have made at the end of our tour this visit Sri Lanka, and were horrified by dealing with paying tourists, as well as with the handling of elephants. An employee yelled at us even, my husband just came to the sunscreen market purely for those 30 seconds it was slowing down also 1000 rupees him, while he not interested in elephants! In short: RIP OFF paired with incredibly bad manners towards tourists and elephants!
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  • We have positive emotion is not caused. Elephants are bruised, teamster nasty. After he ssadit with elephant, will require a small tip, but Bill did not take, with such views, that itself becomes uncomfortable. Unlike state nursery here is really allowed to go elephant trekking (putting on dranoj dirty rag and pursuing an elephant blows out the stick 200 meters) and wash them in the river. I understand that someone might enjoy it. But not all. When the institution is really Mini Museum, where the only thing that interested this is the heavy an elephant tooth from them, it turns out, they are four, but huge, looking like a lot of small accrete
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  • On the advice of our drivers we have not limited our choice at the orphanage in Pinnawala ... thankfully! Here we could experience the direct contact with these amazing creatures and it was an indescribable feeling. Tip: it is worth contacting them in advance to schedule the half hour walk in the forest with elephants rather than get back to 500 mt as does most of the tourists and which I personally find to be a absolute sadness. It is important not to question for chains that have on elephants, but that does not block, necessary for the safety of visitors, the animals seem well maintained and not abused.
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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