Colombo, Sri Lanka
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Approximately 7¼ Hours
Travel north of Colombo to the Millennium Elephant Foundation (MEF) -- the only non-profit organization caring for captive elephants in Sri Lanka. The organization honors Sam Samarasinghe -- an animal lover and philanthropist. The 15-acre family estate has been home to elephants since the early 1960s. Enjoy a close-up encounter with these majestic animals. You will have the opportunity to bathe and feed them. It is quite fascinating to talk to the volunteers who care for them.
Also located at the Millennium Elephant Foundation is an enterprising business which recycles the dung of the elephant into paper, using traditional production methods. Because pachyderms are pure vegetarians, their waste is actually perfect for making paper. Other ingredients include rice paddy straw, cinnamon, and banana bark. Tour the paper factory for the complete run down on elephant-dung paper-making methods.
Bring a change of clothes as you will get wet when you bathe the elephants. Not advisable for guests using a wheelchair or for those with mobility limitations.