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Elephant Transit Home (ETH)

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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
| 5km west of the Uda Walawe National Park entrance, Uda Walawe National Park, Sri Lanka
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Reviewed today via mobile

Lovely to see around 50 baby elephants being looked after before being released back in to the wild. Very amusing watching them sneak back for more milk and race to the milking station when the gates open. Well worth a 30 minute visit whilst in...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank NettyE18
Reviewed yesterday

The elephants came in in small groups to feed, some by bottle, good to see close up. Only 52 young there, kept until about the age of five before being released into Uda Walawe. A good museum with interesting information about the life of an...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank T00ts10
Reviewed 2 days ago

Interesting place to visit, however not possible to come close to the elephants neither feed them. It is better to hire a jeep and go directly to the Udawalawe park safari where you can see elephants more close in wild nature surroundings.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Kumari P
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We enjoyed a superb visit here. Part of a group tour, but I believe entry price is 500LKR (about £2). We went for the noon feed and witnessed 40 to 50 young orphan elephants milk fed by hand. Youngest was just a few weeks old....More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank jandlUk
Reviewed 5 days ago

Plenty of elephants, of various ages, and very entertaining watching their antics at feeding time. A good photo opportunity to see them close up and experience how well they are cared for.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Csider65
Reviewed 6 days ago

We stopped by here as part of our trip to Uda Walawe, and it was great. So many baby elephants, juvenile elephants and more. The philosophy of the organization is to save young elephants abandoned or left orphaned, but to ultimately release them back to...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank gingerlee13
Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I are massive elephant fans. having travelled through much of Asia, we have been fortunate enough to ride and actually train as a mahout briefly. Therefore we probably have a more open view on the subject of elephants as tourist attractions. Here...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank cwaddington21
Reviewed 1 week ago

Seeing 30 baby elephants come in to feed was a highlight of our trip. They are fun to watch and cute as can be. The orphanage seems to take good care of the animals. They come in to feed in groups of 3's. You can...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank 70JimK
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The guys here do an amazing job in caring for orphaned elephants. It’s a shame that it’s the interface between humans and elephants that causes youngsters to lose their parents. However it was a heart warming experience.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank GlynW8
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

You need to arrive early to get ticket and a good seat especially at a weekend best seats seem to be on the right hand side of the viewing platform. This is on effect a tiered concrete seating area. The orphans are adorable and charge...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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23 January 2019|
Response from y0rkshireh0lidaygirl |
No entertainment, volleyball or otherwise here. Just baby elephants being fed and playing. Lovely to see and experience
23 January 2019|
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Response from 134karen | Reviewed this property |
We were watching the elephants being fed from visitors seats close by along with Sri Lankan school children, and there is no entertainment involved. There is a museum/visitor centre where you can get more information about... More
18 October 2018|
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Response from alpha72014 | Reviewed this property |
Yes, we did. Great visit. I suppose it might depend on the kind of holiday you are on. We were touring independently, so it wasn’t a problem. If you want to do a safari and see elephants in the wild only, I recoomend... More