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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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I loved the elephants, very friendly but did not like the way, they were treated, this is not an orphanage for elephants it is more like a circus, some elephants are wounded.. for... read more

3 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Ritta S
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW 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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London, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

My family and I did not intend to visit this place, but it was a stop off as part of a day trip, so we went in, to start with it did not appear to be too awful, ( I love elephants and think they should be free as they are in the national parks). But it soon became apparent... More 

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Thank lin045
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Elephants, recovering from trauma, are well treated. You can take a small tour on the bareback of the elephant (extra cost), wash the elephant in the river (extra cost), etc.. A nice little exhibit on the foundation and elephants. If you have children, they will enjoy, for sure.

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Thank charles v
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11 reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Expensive and terrible. The elephants seem badly mistreated and the staff is rude and pushing for extra tips. Anyone caring the slightest bit about animal wellbeing should stay away from this place.

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3 Thank Sofie P
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21 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I loved the elephants, very friendly but did not like the way, they were treated, this is not an orphanage for elephants it is more like a circus, some elephants are wounded.. for a fee of 2000 rupees u can bathe and ride the elephant, I really felt sorry for the way they are treated because I felt Sri lankan... More 

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Thank Ritta S
Brighton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My youngest daughter volunteered here for 6 weeks in February 16 and we as a family revisited to say hello. What a wonderful place with such a caring approach to these magnificent animals. They recognised her from the security at the gate to the manager Sara. They welcomed us with open arms and we spent 4 amazing hours with them... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I came here to do the elephant walk for 6000 rupees which included lunch. We found this place to be very good and the the guide that comes with the price is excellent. He explained everything clearly and it really shows that they do care for the elephants here. We first did the museum tour, then 30... More 

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Thank Dev M
Bucharest, Romania
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I was with a friend who really wanted to ride an elephant. Once we entered, I was stricked immediately by the sad look in the elephants eyes. They are badly mistreated: heavy chains on their necks, getting pushed and stang with spears, they barely walk and honestly it didn't look like a good experience for the riders either. Staff is... More 

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London
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I wanted to visit this place on my visit to sri lanka but not sure how I feel now. Our elephant had to be hit on his feet with a metal bar to lay down in the water for us to bath him and it made me feel quite sad. Also took a short ride and once out of sight... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2016 via mobile

I took my fiancée here after reading some pretty mixed reviews, some terrible and some great. From what we saw walking around the grounds with Ranmenika, a 50 year old elephant we walked with, it's hard to believe that the reviews on here can be so polarising. The grounds are quite big for 8 elephants, and they are allowed to... More 

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