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Millennium Elephant Foundation

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| Randeniya, Hiriwadunna, Kegalle, Sri Lanka
+94 76 900 8388
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The Millennium Elephant Foundation was the highlight of my visit to Sri Lanka! If you have any... read more

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If you enjoy seeing tortured animals then come here!

My friend had recommended me to come here and I’m not sure why to be honest with you! Firstly... read more

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A family Run NGO working to improve the lives of domesticated elephants throughout Sri Lanka. Charity number 457. Home of the exclusive Elephant Walk Experience, A personal safari that allows you to follow the elephant around the 15 acre coconut estate as they foragae and wander and graze as they would in the wild. The alternative to elephant riding option and the most ethical, u close and personal experience you can have with captive elephants in Sri Lanka Offering a volunteer program where guests can have the hands on experience of caring for these gentle giants, and the opportunity to learn all about the situation for elephants in Sri Lanka and the hard work of Millennium Elephant Foundation Located half way between Colombo to Kandy this is the ideal stop for a unique elephant experience. We also offer accommodation, refreshments and meals for our visitors to enjoy in our traditional colonial house, surrounded by luscious grounds and greenery for you to enjoy
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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| Randeniya, Hiriwadunna, Kegalle, Sri Lanka
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+94 76 900 8388
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Reviewed today

The Millennium Elephant Foundation was the highlight of my visit to Sri Lanka! If you have any doubt whether to go here or not, DO! We arrived at about 9:30 as a two, and got allocated a private guide, who took us to feed Lakshmi...More

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Reviewed today via mobile

My friend had recommended me to come here and I’m not sure why to be honest with you! Firstly there were only two elephants due to the festival which is fine, however the elephant walk and wash was not on offer which is disappointing having...More

Thank Cdreviews4
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We were told that it was impossible to ride elephants when I enquiries by email so I bought the walk/wash tour but as soon as we stepped foot inside there was someone riding. As one of our party had never ridden an elephant we swapped...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

It’s an big chance to get to know the efforts they are doing for captive elephants in Sri Lanka! Giving them the chance to have a better life inside mef. Very enjoyable experience, is worth asking the role of chains in the foundation and the...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Our time at the elephant foundation was not enjoyable, my girlfriend cried once inside the gates. The elephants are painfully chained up, some had visable wounds on their thigh from being poked with a metal spike by their keeper. The keepers are constantly shouting at...More

5  Thank Andrew M
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Surrounded by the jungle and friendly, supportive people made this volunteering experience fun with a community feel. I liked how we had the option to be involved with the Foundation’s outreach programmes and the opportunities of organised trips to see more of the country. It...More

Thank Megan E
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I was volunteering in the fondation for 3 weeks and it was the best experience I have ever had. As a volunteer I can say that this place first goal is the health and happiness of the elephants. During this tree weeks I was able...More

1  Thank berenicerobinne
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Package 1 is the most expensive 5000 rupees - first we opted for cheaper alternative which would have been elpahnt ride. The ride is short and you dont get to know the story and the fanstatic work they do at the Foundation. With package 1...More

1  Thank jounianni
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I was able to spend a week with my sister and mom volunteering at MEF. It was an incredible experience. We were assigned to the elephant, Ranmenika to look after with her incredible mahout, Ananda. We made a connection with our elephant and with all...More

Thank sotirescu2018
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Having spent a week at MEF I can honestly say it was one of the most amazing experiences of my life. The elephants are such amazing creatures and you get so close to them by feeding and washing them as well as clearing out their...More

Thank Nick C
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Millennium_Elephant, Manager at Millennium Elephant Foundation, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Soooooo glad you had such a great time with us.We also loved having you hwre and hope to see you again for longer in the future. Thanks so so so much for sharing your experience with others too great help for us and our growth...More

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Sovana D
9 June 2018|
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Response from Millennium_Elephant | Property representative |
Yes please go to ur website and adoot anyof the elphants and then book the elephant walk experience and you can walk ih your chosen elephant Unless you choose Kavari Raja as he has a broken leg and Saliyas mahouts can be a... More
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_jacquelineprice55
17 March 2018|
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Response from Millennium_Elephant | Property representative |
Male to Colombo and is about 40 minutes to 1 hour We look forward to your visit Please book via the website Many Thanks Millennium elephant foundation
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Brendan G
5 January 2018|
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Response from Millennium_Elephant | Property representative |
You can stay onsite if you wish, we have private rooms available at the colonial house the family's home for 5000 rupees per person with breakfast or dormitory style rooms for 1500 rs with breakfast There is a hotel called... More
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