I have read some reviews (mostly connected to local Hotel reviews) that indicate that the Elephants are commercialised. This is not the case with the Foundation and great work is done here. Yes you pay and you can ride the elephants, however you ride bear back, thus not affecting the Elephants breathing. The Foundation look after Elephants, each has a personal skilled and trained attendant, most are from a family line that pass down skills. The Elephants here have been rescued with an aim to return them to the wild where possible. You can get up close and personal, take a bath with the elephants and clean them, which they seem to enjoy. Interesting tour through the museum helps you understand the integral part the Elephant has in Sri Lankan life. Visit and enjoy with a clear conscience. Well worth a trip and your payment covers the cost of their keep.
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