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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  • Myself and two others visited in March 2018. We had done lots of research as we had concerns about animals being exploited for tourism. We came across the millennium elephant foundation and we are so ...  more »
  • Our family loved the Elephant walk and shower experience. We chose not to ride the elephants as we felt this wasn't appropriate. The guided tour walking with the Elephant was excellent, very informati...  more »
  • i love the idea of walking with elephant instead riding them. here i had a great moment with the elephant and feed her, and bathed her. she is very gentle and she loved the fruits i put on her long no...  more »
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  • The riding of elephant is fun. Bathing the elephants need a bit more courage as the animals poo and pee in same river water. The 'museum' is not really one as it is an open space for the museum guide to explain. Every activity with the locals require you to tip them pretty much and that marred the overall experience.
  • Money making business with no regards to the condition and health of elephants. Rude staff and greedy mahouts. All those giving good reviews are the ones who are in awe with the elephant itself - it could be have been their first interaction with the gentle giant. Prices are high and the place ill maintained.
  • Nice and wide place. Do not miss the garden sightseeing with Sena the garden keeper who will show you loads of vegetal species and speak about it with lots of passion.We did not pay for the tour on the back of the elephants but did the bathing which was great. Last but not least, pass through the elephant dung paper factory. So INTERESTING. We loved it.
  • We were advised that it was much better to go here than the Pinnewala Elephant Orphanage, as there were stories that they mistreated the animals there. It's a charity that looks after elephants and it's also possible to volunteer here. Not a huge site, but you get close to the elephants and you get to bath them in the river.
  • Millennium Elephant Foundation (MEF) a family run non-government organization (NGO) which is dedicated to improving the welfare of domestic elephants throughout Sri Lanka. MEF was started in 1999 in memory of Sam Samrasinghe. Charity Number 457. We provide and fund the care, medical treatments, food, mahout salaries, the running costs of the charity as well as having an on call Mobile Veterinary Unit which travels around the country treating sick elephants in need. We rely on the income from volunteers and tourism to continue the important work we do for these gentle giants
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