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Address: Randeniya, Hiriwadunna, Kegalle, Sri Lanka
Phone Number:
+94 35 2 265377
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

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Not to be confused with The Elephant Orphanage

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... read more

3 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
Aileen J
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London, United Kingdom
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Ipoh, Malaysia
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81 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Having seen the larger elephant orphanage on TV i was a little disappointed that it was so small and with so few elephants. The entrance fee of 3000Rupees did not match the value achieved by the visit. The larger orphanage we visited the next day was cheaper, larger with many more elephants including many young ones born there. However the... More 

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Belgrade, Serbia
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110 reviews
69 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

As we were described, here, in private foundation, you can reach elephants, you can bath and ride them. And that's all included in the price of rupies (cca eur)! At the entrance, you buy tickets and you get one guide dedicated to you o you 40 min tour. He explains everything what you need to pay attention on and, he... More 

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Thank zirafa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I am a tour guide in Sri Lanka. I use to visit there with my every tour. They do their job well. And this is the best place to do elephant rides. Elephant walk. And volunteer s every where in the world Special thanks to Mr Sara, Tamsin .Jade. Ryan and present and past coordinators

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Thank Tharindu D
Millennium_Elephant, Manager at Millennium Elephant Foundation, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your positive response. I really appreciate the feedback. Im not sure we have many tour guides review us. Please post me some of your business cards and email me your company logo as we would also love to be able to support your work and promote you to our volunteers and visitors as responsible tourism... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I've read a lot of reviews on this site which criticise the MEF for "not caring", "having sick elephants" and "chaining elephants up". Please think about why this is!! These elephants have previously been maltreated by unscrupulous owners. They are not tame or pets but there to be cared for, rehabilitated and provided with medical treatment. Sometimes they will be... More 

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Millennium_Elephant, Manager at Millennium Elephant Foundation, responded to this review

Thank you so much for such an honest and lovely review. So nice when our supporters and people that actually know the ins and outs of Millennium Elephant foundation voice their opinion. As it really is so easy to pass judgement after a twenty minute visit after being rushed around by an outside guide and not receiving the information from... More 

Birmingham, United Kingdom
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58 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Spent a morning here en route to Kandy; delightful experience with a 42 year old elephant called Lakshmi. We decided only to help bath her, as we were uncomfortable with taking the elephant ride options available. The elephants here seem really well cared for and the guide was really informative. Unfortunately, the mahout was a little grumpy, so was less... More 

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Thank Brian E
Millennium_Elephant, Manager at Millennium Elephant Foundation, responded to this review

Thanks so much for your review and we are so happy you chose not to ride the elephants but still wanted to enjoy them. If you have any pictures of your guide or can remember his name please let us know so we can personally thank him for his effort. Apologies for Kalu (lakshmis mahout) behaviour. Unfortunately Lakshmi had her... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Terrible place to visit, only 7 elephants, all in chains... I was sad to see this elephants. The tuk tuk driver suggested us to visit Millennium and not Pinawalla and we regrated this choise.

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Thank Taja P
Millennium_Elephant, Manager at Millennium Elephant Foundation, responded to this review

I am so sorry you feel this way about our foundation. We are also so sorry you did not take the opportunity to read our museum or ask ore questions so you could learn about all our hard-work. Due to funds we are limited how many elephants we keep here as it is extremely expensive to keep an elephant, some... More 

Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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24 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We booked the Elephant walk experience package, even though it was the most expensive thing they offer there - but we wanted to avoid riding animals at all cost, but also have the chance to interact with them. It turned out to be a private tour, cause I guess most people opt for a short elephant ride... our guide walked... More 

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Thank Magdalena M
Millennium_Elephant, Manager at Millennium Elephant Foundation, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your feedback i am so happy you enjoyed your experience. Please can you email me anything your feel i can do to improve the lunch for future visitors please. Asthis is the first negative review iv readabout the food and i do not want that to spoil anyones experience. Thank you so much for supporting... More 

Macclesfield, Cheshire, Uk
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12 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

People who have given poor reviews on Trip Advisor should have taken time to appreciate what this organisation is doing. It is not a place to see cuddly baby elephants, but a place that rehabilitates working elephants that have been mistreated or have had howdahs on their backs which have created sores. Those with wounds are given veterinary care here... More 

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Thank Lynne M
Millennium_Elephant, Manager at Millennium Elephant Foundation, responded to this review

Thank you so much for our review Im glad we got the time to meet and i'm so happy you were recommended by one of our past volunteers who can truly vouch for the work we do here (thank you James Taylor) Like James you want to help support us further please go to our website under the how you... More 

London, United Kingdom
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43 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 and booked us in for MEF. It's a circus pure and simple! You feel processed. Stage one a guide will walk you through... More 

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1 Thank Aileen J
Millennium_Elephant, Manager at Millennium Elephant Foundation, responded to this review

Hi There I am so sorry you didn't get to fulfill your dreams of visiting the elephant orphanage, this was not nice of your driver and alot of our guests have similar complaints. Probably because the drivers receive commission when they come to our venue and they will not want to miss out on that. So i apologise for this... More 

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6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2017 via mobile

Great fun watching the kids get an elephant shower. The small museum is interesting. The dung paper factory next door is a hoot. The tour guide who took us around was very informative and very amusing. Nice spot for souvenirs.

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Millennium_Elephant, Manager at Millennium Elephant Foundation, responded to this review

Thank you for your lovely review, so happy you and your family enjoyed it. If you would like to support our hard work for these animals in the future please visit our website under the how you can help tab for fundraising ideas and how to get involved in our adopt an elephant membership (make great gifts and the kids... More 

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