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Elephant Riding at Elephant Village

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3 Feb 2019
“Not what it seems”
1 Feb 2019
Molagoda,Kegalle, Molagoda, Sri Lanka
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Reviewed 3 February 2019

Although initially charming the Elephant Village is quite a horrific place and for those with morals it leaves you quite gutted in the end once you realize it was all a bit false, elephants are not treated very well at all.

Date of experience: February 2019
2  Thank Zac S
Reviewed 1 February 2019

There was nothing more than a parking lot with elephants chained for long periods of time in the heat, waiting for the next tourist to come along. Wounds can clearly be seen. The elephants are fearful of the keepers. Which again was heartbreaking. The elephants...More

Date of experience: December 2018
3  Thank JoAnn80
Reviewed 16 November 2018 via mobile

My wife and I were taken to the Elephant Village by our taxi driver, en route from Galle to Kandy after we mistakenly said we would like to see some elephants. What a horrible and upsetting experience. The elephants were chained up and badly mistreated...More

Date of experience: November 2018
2  Thank gmpejs2
Reviewed 16 June 2018

Big and heavy chains, ridding elephants... this is more like horror movie than an attraction and thing to do, better not to do...

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank pawelpokrzywa
Reviewed 13 April 2018 via mobile

Elephants are chained and trained like in circus , guy shout at the elephant all the time and It was 20min long theatre or better said tyrany of this beautiful animal. Never ever!! It was first and also last time that I supported something like...More

Date of experience: April 2018
1  Thank AndrejG166
Reviewed 1 February 2018 via mobile

I was taken to this place in error! ... It was a heartbreaking sight. One that will haunt me forever. Shame on You! To treat such beautiful intelligent majestic creatures like this!  And shame on those who visit here, riding and bathing the elephants for...More

Date of experience: January 2018
1  Thank Katie_Locke-Amin
Reviewed 8 January 2018 via mobile

This visit left a really bad feeling. The elephants didn't seem happy and had all kinds of scars and wounds. They were held in chains. After this I will never support this kind of activity. I think the elephants belong in the wild and not...More

Date of experience: January 2018
1  Thank Emil E
Reviewed 8 January 2018

We didn't like to see elephants like this. Waiting on a chaine for tourists. Then 'like a dog' they were commanded to walk, step in the river, to pee, to poo, to be washed, getting food from us as reward, all in very short time....More

Date of experience: December 2017
1  Thank WendyDeVrede
Reviewed 8 January 2018

Payed 6000 LRK (40$) for two person, Elephant been so cute and awesome, with name is Monica, park give you bananas to feed Elephant. guys who leading elephant taking photo from your phone camera and they are trying to make nice pics, after asking for...More

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank tgev
Reviewed 4 November 2017 via mobile

Would not recommend this place at all. After paying quite a high price for a short ride on the elephant, both me and my girlfriend wished we'd never of done it. The elephant had a wound on its leg which the guy wasn't bothered about...More

Date of experience: November 2017
2  Thank Nick A
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Jean P
2 February 2019|
Response from Katie_Locke-Amin | Reviewed this property |
Agreed...... such an awful place. The poor elephants are in desperate need of rescue.....
Tammy L
30 January 2019|
Response from Katie_Locke-Amin | Reviewed this property |
Agreed.......awful place