Welcome to The Sanctuary

Experience a day in the life of the Sri Lankan elephant.

visit the elephants face to face at the Sanctuary

The Sanctuary, home for elephants

The Sanctuary is perfect for a (multiple) day elephant experience or an elephant volunteering opportunity.

Experience a day in the life of the Sri Lankan elephant in a beautiful and very peaceful area at The Sanctuary. Come to us for an intimate time with a domestic elephant in a non-touristy, friendly and homely setting. The day's activities includes feeding the elephant, learning how to cook authentic Sri Lankan food, getting to know all about elephants, bathing the elephant and more.

We love to welcome you for an ethical and animal friendly day(s) where elephant welfare is guaranteed.

Day(s) visit

Come to us you for 1 or more days and experience a special and affordable elephant encounter. You will feed and bathe the elephant, learn how to cook authentic Sri Lankan food and learn so much about the majestic Sri Lankan elephants. The whole experience last around 7-8 hours.

We are very passionate about the welfare of the elephants and love to share our passion with you.

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Sri Lankan elephant at the Sanctuary eating food prepared by volunteer


When you volunteer with us you have the opportunity to play an important role at The Sanctuary, contributing to the daily running and future development.

There are so many tasks you can help us with such as elephant care, preparing the elephant food, work in the eco-garden, maintain the facilities, improve the sanctuary. Every day will be a different and unforgettable experience!

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We offer accommodation onsite at our beautiful home-stay where you can meet the lovely host family and our friendly staff.

Opening hours of The Sanctuary

We only allow a small number of people per day to guarantee the best face-to-face encounter with the elephant. Because of this booking online before coming is required.

A day with us start at 8:30 AM (08:30) and ends at 4:30 PM (16:30).

How to get to The Sanctuary

We are conveniently located inside the Sri Lankan cultural triangle, nearby Sigiriya and Polonnaruwa and only 2 hours away from the quiet and beautiful beaches of the Trincomalee and Baticolao area.

You can reach us by train, bus and car. We can help you to arrange transport.

Bathing Sri Lankan elephants at the Sanctuary as a volunteer or during a day visit

Why to support The Sanctuary, home for elephants

Elephants are our number one priority and we give them the best life we can. Our Sri Lankan elephant is free to roam on our large land. At The Sanctuary we have everything Asian elephants need to feel right at home; a paddy field to get down and dirty, lots of greenery to eat, many trees to enjoy shade and a good scrub and a great river to play and bathe. The area is beautiful and very peaceful. This really is an elephant paradise!

What is in it for you?

What could be better than spending an incredible day up close and personal with the elephant and knowing you have come to a place where elephants receive ethical animal friendly treatment. During your time at The Sanctuary you can learn about elephants in a respectful manner and when you stay longer you can contribute to the daily running and future development of the elephant sanctuary.

A visit to us makes for a a great and affordable day (or longer) and is suitable for young and old, families, couples and single travelers.

Elephants at the sanctuary roam in this beautiful paddy field