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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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We had a quick visit on way from Kandy back to Negombo. After reading a lot of negative reviews I wasn't sure what to expect but apart from the elephant rides was pleasantly... read more

3 of 5 bubblesReviewed 30 October 2016
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Market Drayton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

It nice to see MEF moving away from giving rides and offering a walk with the elephant. We followed an elephant call Ranmenika and her Mahout, Ananda through the grounds for about 30 minutes. No chains and the elephant allowed to wander at her own pace munching on whatever delicacy she found. This is so much nicer than the rides... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Honestly, we got off by mistake on our way to the elephant orphanage. It started already at the entrance, very unfriendly staff and very pushy. I regret going inside...you can wash an elephant around the clock if you like. A very sad elephant is chained to the river with a massive amounts of big heavy chains around his neck. Staff... More 

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Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

it was interesting as the handlers had a lot of information, elephant was clean and well kept and volunteers are nice enjoyed it very much

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Pasadena, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The staff showed me around the place. I had the chance to bathe one of the elephants. The elephant appeared tamed and enjoyed the bath as I rubbed a small portion of a coconut husk on his side. I rode Rani, the elephant for a short distance and later more pictures were taken of me and Rani as I pet... More 

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Aylesbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

2000 Rs entry fee includes the option to wash and ride an elephant. My wife did both - enjoying the fun bit of being splashed with a trunkful of water also when riding! Plenty of explanation about the elephant and how they are cared for. Both of us rode around a bit, then fed a few crackers/vitamin ball. Then a... More 

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Thank Mark D
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Few elephants but the place is so personalized and sweet that it makes you stay there. The Volunteer Village is amazing and the people from all over the world making it a wonderful experience!

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Thank Uhlish
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This was a great opportunity to do a family friendly activity. You are taken on a tour by a tour guide with outstanding knowledge about Asian Elephants. They have several elephants that you can take a ride with, you can bathe the elephants, you can feed the elephants. All proceeds go to the humane treatment and up keep of the... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

We had a quick visit on way from Kandy back to Negombo. After reading a lot of negative reviews I wasn't sure what to expect but apart from the elephant rides was pleasantly surprised. It is only small & were only a handful of visitors. We were never harassed to give a tip. We fed an elephant t which was... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016 via mobile

Being an animal lover myself I wasn't keen on going here as I thought I knew what to expect. To set a couple of things straight we were told it was 1000 LKR pp to just go in and look and 2000 LKR pp to have a ride / bath, we only paid 1000 LKR as we knew we didn't... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016 via mobile

We didn't know whether to go to here or the orphanage but we decided here as the children would be able to bath an elephant. I had reservations about going to both places and I wish we hadn't gone. The elephants are chained which I did expect. There are different packages thst you can buy that include the bath and... More 

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