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Millennium Elephant Foundation

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| Randeniya, Hiriwadunna, Kegalle, Sri Lanka
+94 76 900 8388
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Fell in love with an elephant

I was torn about going - I wanted an elephant experience but wanted it to be as ethical as... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Kat L
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A great place to get away from daily hustle and bustle

I have visited MEF twice, first just as a regular tourist and recently as a one-day volunteer... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Kasia G
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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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  • Average12%
  • Poor9%
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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| Randeniya, Hiriwadunna, Kegalle, Sri Lanka
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I was torn about going - I wanted an elephant experience but wanted it to be as ethical as possible, and the reviews on here were really mixed. But, I went, opted for the elephant walk, and had a wonderful time. Shuhail, my very informative...More

1  Thank Kat L
Millennium_Elephant, Manager at Millennium Elephant Foundation, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

thank you so much for taking the time to write a review, we are so please you chose the elephant walk experience and that you enjoyed your visit and understood what we are trying to do here. Thank you so much for your support, i...More

Reviewed 5 days ago

I have visited MEF twice, first just as a regular tourist and recently as a one-day volunteer. Spending all day with an elephant that you can feed, clean, prepare vitamin mixture for, wash, take for a walk and even hug is an unforgettable experience. MEF...More

1  Thank Kasia G
Millennium_Elephant, Manager at Millennium Elephant Foundation, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thanks so much Kasia for your continuous support of our foundation, and sharing your experience with others. Your kind word have been passed o to Shuhail and he is over the moon. Thank you for your help and contribution during your stay, we are so...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is not the first time we've had an elephant experience. I had forgotten what extraordinary animals they are to be close too and it's feels a privilege to be near them. It's not a perfect world and really we shouldn't have that privilege but...More

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

Thank you so much for choosing the elephant walk experience and visiting our foundation. Your nice comments have been passed on to Shuhail he is one of our newest members of staff so we are very proud of his efforts Hope the rest of your...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

We chose to visit here over the Pinewalla orphanage due to the Born Free foundation have ethical concerns about Pinewalla & we want to avoid inadvertently supporting any mistreatment of animals. We are SO pleased we chose to visit this place. The first thing to...More

Thank Melanie572
Millennium_Elephant, Manager at Millennium Elephant Foundation, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you so so so so much, for your open honest and very thorough review, one of my favourites i have read yet. Podi clearly made an impression and did his job to the best of his ability. He is a great guide, he has...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

How can an organisation that approves elephant riding make tourist believe they have the best intentions with elephants? How can people be so naive? Please, do not go here and sustain the elephant riding industry.More

1  Thank Evitara22
Millennium_Elephant, Manager at Millennium Elephant Foundation, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Good morning i am sooooooooo sorry you did not have the chance to read our website, our reviews, our museum or that you were not educated during your visit. We hate when people do not understand our work and what the purpose of our charity...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The first thing I would like to say is please do the elephant walk over the elephant ride! MEF is making great steps in moving away from elephant riding but they really need your support to make the jump complete, so please do yourself (and...More

2  Thank Carmen- G
Millennium_Elephant, Manager at Millennium Elephant Foundation, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Firstly huge thank you for taking the time to write this review, and sharing your experience with future visitors What a beautiful beautiful review Shuhail was over the moon, he is one of our newest members of staff and this is his first review we...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Me and my family had an elephant walk this morning - couldn't have had a better experience! We were guided by Sena, really intelligent and friendly person, couldn't have asked for more! I'm so glad we had this experience, we were able to help a...More

Thank Ben D
Millennium_Elephant, Manager at Millennium Elephant Foundation, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thak you so much for your lovely review, your kind words about senna have been passed on to him and he was very proud- his first mention on Trip advisor we are sooooooooo pleased you chose to do the walk and loved the experience thank...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

we visited millennium in October after trying to find the place i visited with my parents 19 years ago. we were also looking for somewhere that wasn't the typical pushy Sri Lankan money making scheme exploiting elephants. so on on our fourth visit to Sri...More

Thank tomandali88
Millennium_Elephant, Manager at Millennium Elephant Foundation, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you so so so much for coming back to see us after all these years, we are so pleased that you chose to do the elephant walk experience and that Podi did such a great job explaining our work to you. Your ind words...More

Reviewed 4 weeks 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
Millennium_Elephant, Manager at Millennium Elephant Foundation, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Ronja, Tim Thanking you so much for choosing to support our project and your kind an honest words about the foundation. Was an absolute pleasure having you as volunteers and we were sad we didn't have longer with you. We can not thank you enough...More

Reviewed 4 weeks 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
Millennium_Elephant, Manager at Millennium Elephant Foundation, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanking you so much for choosing to support our project and your kind an honest words about the foundation. Your review is great, very open and honest and i really like your suggestion for future visitors to try out for themselves, to really see what...More

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Sonyav_13
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
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cazzaturner666
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
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tptonka
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
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