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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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  • Brought us here on the road to Kandy. For 1000 rupiah could only sign for 2000-go on an elephant, for 3000-buy and feed ... We trekking decided not to skate, just walked, looked, we were shown the "Museum" with the skulls of elephants, elephants (forcing chains), they had people back and forth, then one elephant brought in a rivulet (read-swamp), he lay down on his side, even up to half the water not covered! and tourists approached him in turn and a jug of watered! that's all "bathing". + There is a detached rivet elephants to trees, away from everyone, because they supposedly "naughty period" and they are aggressive. .. The impression was not very happy. .. Animals feel sorry for, although it's touted as the "Salvation of the hungry jungle"
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  • I have traveled all around Asia and have been hesitant to visit any elephant places, but our experience was fantastic! I felt the elephants were well taken care of, Podi our guide explained a lot abou...  more »
  • Mixed feeling, volunteers from all countries who seem to be well-run, often chained elephants, who swing from right to left, a beautiful animal with defenses who was wounded seriously in one leg, others are porters for tourists. Foundation that help the elephants or who use. Too bad...
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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