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Millennium Elephant Foundation

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| Randeniya, Hiriwadunna, Kegalle, Sri Lanka
+94 76 900 8388
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Lovely place with lovely people

I stayed at the MEF as a volunteer for 2 days and really enjoyed my stay, the elephants and the... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Ronja H
via mobile
For the greater good

I volunteered for 2 days in the MEF to get a better insight in this foundation than a short visit... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Tim S
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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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| Randeniya, Hiriwadunna, Kegalle, Sri Lanka
+94 76 900 8388
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

I stayed at the MEF as a volunteer for 2 days and really enjoyed my stay, the elephants and the people who work there are doing a really good and hard job. Yes, some of the elephants have chains and there is a possibility to...More

Thank Ronja H
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

I volunteered for 2 days in the MEF to get a better insight in this foundation than a short visit can achieve. I can honestly say, that the family run business tries their best to improve the life of these elephants. For this it is...More

1  Thank Tim S
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Pinnawala milenum elephant foundation actually nice place. People are friendly and nice place to study about elephants. And many volunteers are here. Many foreigners.

Thank travel c
Reviewed 1 week ago

Fantastic place full of amazing people who really care for these elephants. Elephant captivity in Sri Lanka is a complicated subject surrounded by cultural and religious differences. I am a westerner from San Francisco, the most humane city in the world, and I can confidently...More

Thank simoner008
Reviewed 1 week ago

Didn't ask to stop here but the driver we had told us this was a great place, but the whole place seemed shabby and the two elephants that were there looked sad and tired. They were up and down being ridden by tourists and in...More

Thank Lucy L
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Before coming to Sri Lanka, I was not really aware how bad elephant rides were for the elephants. It's often how tight the seat as to be on the elephant which causes a problem. They are simply not made to be mounted. At the Millennium...More

Thank Jérémie T
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I spent two weeks volunteering at Millennium Elephant Foundation and would highly recommend it as both a place to visit or, even better, to volunteer at! MEF are dedicated to caring for and improving the lives of captive elephants. If you are interested in responsible...More

1  Thank Emarchant93
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We did the walk with the elephants with our guide Podi, podi was brilliant knew so much about the elephants. I would highly recommend this over riding them as it’s not nice for the elephant. After the walk we washed them in the river this...More

1  Thank gesahu
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I learned a lot about the struggle of elephants when my school and I volunteer here. I would definitely recommend volunteering here instead of going as a tourists. Also, take elephants on walks, instead of riding them. They feel happier.More

Thank Tara R
Millennium_Elephant, Manager at Millennium Elephant Foundation, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Tara We loved having you and your school group here and we are so pleased you chose to do the volunteer program and the elephant walk with us. Your trip advisor review is a great help to spread awareness, so that you so much...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We volunteered for a day and this was easily the highlight of our trip to Sri Lanka. We had a warm welcome as soon as we arrived, and were shown around. Food was fine, accommodation was basic as we would expect (but perfectly adequate), but...More

1  Thank katehippo
Millennium_Elephant, Manager at Millennium Elephant Foundation, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

thank you so much for your lovely review, we are so please that you had such an amazing time. It was an absolute pleasure having you with us and we are so grateful for you choosing to volunteer with us at MEF, you both were...More

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21 March 2017|
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Response from Millennium_Elephant | Property representative |
Many thanks for your enquiry It is not essential to book, however please choose The Elephant Walk Experience not the riding option on the gate package number 1. If you pre-book, all your entry fee goes straight back into... More
12 July 2016|
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Response from Millennium_Elephant | Property representative |
From Kandy you can take a local bus to Kegalle then a tuk tuk to MEF for 300 rupees or the bus number 681 from Kegalle which will drop you outt front 20 rupees. More commonly know as Elephant Bath- Randeniya Or you can... More
8 October 2015|
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Response from Millennium_Elephant | Property representative |
Hello, Thank you for your interest in Millennium Elephant Foundation. Our price is Rs 6,000 per person to do our new Elephant Walk Experience which includes lunch, this experience allows you to get up close and personal by... More