We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Elephant Freedom Project

Features Animals
Rambukkana Karandapana Road, Kegalle 71000, Sri Lanka
+91 88002 37808
Website
Share
Save
Review Highlights
Very Nice, but double feelings

After reading the website information, we had the impression that this project helps elephants to... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Nienke K
via mobile
Wonderful experience

Walking to a nearby river and seeing an elephant lying down totally relaxed and happy and being... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Phil A
,
Chichester, United Kingdom
Read all 297 reviews
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Overview
More
Visit us and experience a special elephant encounter which is suitable for young and old, families, couples and single travelers. This is your chance to get a memorable impression of a day in the life of a Sri Lankan captive elephant who is not being used for working nor riding. The small family run Elephant Freedom Project offers refuge, freedom from work and hardship to the elephant Nilame. At the project he is free from working in the riding industry and the wood logging. The Elephant Freedom Project aims to give Nilame a good and safe home, which is made possible thanks to your visit!
  • Excellent89%
  • Very good8%
  • Average1%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“cooking lesson” (19 reviews)
“cooking class” (14 reviews)
Closed Now
Hours
Hours Today: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
LOCATION
Rambukkana Karandapana Road, Kegalle 71000, Sri Lanka
CONTACT
Website
+91 88002 37808
Write a ReviewReviews (297)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
  • More languages
All reviews
"cooking lesson"
in 19 reviews
"cooking class"
in 14 reviews
"sri lankan family"
in 12 reviews
"an amazing experience"
in 23 reviews
"local school"
in 13 reviews
"the river"
in 85 reviews
"cup of tea"
in 8 reviews
"other places"
in 13 reviews
"family home"
in 7 reviews
"sri lankan food"
in 6 reviews
"beautiful elephants"
in 9 reviews
"ride elephants"
in 12 reviews
"the kitchen"
in 7 reviews
"elephant dung"
in 13 reviews
"melon"
in 4 reviews
"learn how"
in 6 reviews
"elephant experience"
in 11 reviews
Filter

1 - 10 of 255 reviews

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

After reading the website information, we had the impression that this project helps elephants to life a better life. This is true for the two elephants the family keeps, but not for other elephants. We had a great experience to be with elephant Sita, being...More

1  Thank Nienke K
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
info E, Manager at Elephant Freedom Project, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Nienke, Thank you for your review and good to read you had such an enjoyable time with us. Our expenses are a lot more than you would think and Mr Ananda, who runs the project, has also other means of income. Actually he already...More

Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 1 week ago

Walking to a nearby river and seeing an elephant lying down totally relaxed and happy and being able to get in the water with it and wash and scrub her back with a coconut shell is an experience I certainly never thought I'd have. Agree...More

Thank Phil A
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

What a phenomenal day! This is a must for anyone visiting the Kandy area. Seetha, a 46 year female elephant was such a delight! We walked with her, feed her treats and bathed her during our time. After that Kasun and Mali showed us how...More

Thank Kat S
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
See more reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I went here a few weeks back with my 3 friends as part of our "alternative bachelorette" weekend. We had the most amazing time. We met Seeta, she was just beautiful and loved how we had to do everything on her terms unlike many other...More

Thank Angela M
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My partner and I visited elephant freedom project in July, travelling from Bentota. The whole experience to book was made extremely easy due to communication with Tim. We were apprehensive about getting to the project itself as we were three hours plus from the location,...More

Thank beckilou91
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I searched high and low for an elephant experience that was not abusing them or making them objects of pure entertainment for humans. Elephants should never be anywhere but roaming wild and free. Yet the reality is different. This project is a wonderful antidote. The...More

2  Thank Charlotte W
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A must for any trip, informative, having experienced pinnawala elephant orphanage this is much closer and personnel experience , a truly special day that we will never forget.

Thank Henry S
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We were collected from our Kandy hotel and taken to the house. Following a cup of tea we were met on the patio by Nilame. After some fruit and introductions we went off to clean the enclosure. Seetha looked on from a far. After cleaning...More

Thank Becky S
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We wanted to get up close to elephants but didn't want to go somewhere where they are exploited. This is the place to go!!!!! The elephants are rescued from poor treatment and illness elsewhere and this is chance to meet them and spend time with...More

1  Thank Paul R
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our family of four (kids 14 and 16) spent a week with Mr Ananda and his wife, Mali, and the rest of the wonderful EFP team. Even before I talk about spending time with Seetha...I should tell you that you will have a deep cultural...More

Thank davecobban
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Nearby
Nearby HotelsSee all hotels
Hotel Heshani
1 review
3.99 km away
Green Tulip Hotel
7 reviews
11.81 km away
Hotel Sunrich
52 reviews
20.42 km away
Delma Mount View Hotel
13 reviews
20.90 km away
Nearby Restaurants
Pinnalanda Hotel Restaurant
66 reviews
1.48 km away
Channa
128 reviews
4.29 km away
Cafe Channa Pinnawalla
9 reviews
1.46 km away
Salika Inn
10 reviews
6.29 km away
Nearby Attractions
See Lanka Travels
65 reviews
1.43 km away
Millennium Elephant Foundation
892 reviews
1.35 km away
Luv SL
16 reviews
1.45 km away
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
Timmy_Read
16 July 2018|
Answer
Response from info E | Property representative |
Hi Timmy, send me a mail?
0
Votes
Sarit64
21 April 2018|
Answer
Response from info E | Property representative |
Hi Sarit64, email sent :)
0
Votes
Sarit64
19 April 2018|
AnswerShow all 3 answers
Response from info E | Property representative |
Hi Sarit64, It takes 2 hours to reach us by car. If you allow 1 hour at the airport you could be at the project at 8:30 - 9 am. To book please fill in the booking form on our website? Thanks!
0
Votes