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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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  • We used a travel consultant to organise our weeks tour of Sri Lanka. We had stated the the elephant orphanage was a must as we both have a strong interest in elephant conservation. She had other ideas...  more »
  • I preferred to do the MEF instead of Pinnawela is deemed to be a real factory :( I have not been disappointed, it was the 1st time I saw elephants and I rode on it also. I found the place very nice even if the towers on an elephant have a more subjective than... There's no difference between the walk and the average (except the price!). After it's true it's a little to the channel... I recommend, it would be shame to Miss elephants if we're going to Sri Lanka!
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  • We went was the Foundation with l want to help an association that comes to help the elephants but all that n is a huge scam. The people already are only interested by your wallet but nothing to do with elephants. You pay your entrance 2000rps and after someone is stalking you for tips. We arrive early has the Foundation and barely got it oppresses us to quickly go in the water cleaning the elephant who has not the air at the top of his form... then we hurry to go around and there 2 of 4 elephants which were the towers were injured at the level of the top of the leg back and of course We are not given explanations... In short, it will be the first and the last time that we will do this kind of activity. We left completely sad!
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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