Welcome to The Sanctuary

Experience a day in the life of Sri Lankan elephants.

visit the elephants face to face

The Sanctuary, home for elephants

At our elephant sanctuary we offer an intimate experience with domestic elephants in a non-touristy, friendly and homely setting. Visit us for an ethical and animal friendly day(s) where elephant welfare is guaranteed.

Elephants are our number one priority and we give them the best life we can. Our elephants can roam wherever they want and do whatever they like. At The Sanctuary we have everything 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!

You can learn about elephants in a respectful manner and when you stay longer can contribute to the daily running and future development of the elephant sanctuary.

A visit to us makes for a a great and affordable time and is suitable for young and old, families, couples and single travelers. Only limited number of visitors are allowed to guarantee the best experience for you and the elephants.

The Sanctuary is perfect for an one day elephant experience or an elephant volunteering opportunity. You will be a volunteer if you stay longer than 1 day with us.

We offer accommodation onsite at our beautiful newly built home-stay with the most impressive view. You can find us inside the cultural triangle, nearby Sigiriya and Polonnaruwa and only 2 hours away from the quiet and beautiful beaches of the Trincomalee area.

Day visit

When you come to us you will experience a special and affordable elephant encounter. You will feed and bathe the elephants, 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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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. You will be a volunteer if you stay longer than 1 day with us.

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

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