Spend A Day With An Elephant: Habarana

5 Hours

Spend a day with an elephant and give him / her a day off. It is probably one of the most unique & sustainable thing to do in Sigiriya, Habarana, Dambulla or Kandalama!

Why should you book this trip?

  • This is an unforgettable experience with plenty of one-on-one time with the most incredible creatures to inhabit Sri Lanka’s shores.
  • We, as a responsible tour company, have completely stopped promoting elephant back rides. We do not even promote the elephant orphanage in Pinnawala.
  • This activity is designed to give an opportunity for an elephant enthusiast to get close to an already domesticated elephant and nurture it whilst learning about the elephant behaviour in a domesticated setting.
  • There are close to 300 domesticated elephants in the country and there is strong lobbying from temples to get more from places like the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage. Though capturing wild elephants to domesticate them is not happening in Sri Lanka right now, conservationists strongly believe that even orphan elephants should not be domesticated. However, questions remain on how to cater to someone who loves elephants and wants to have an interaction with them in a responsible manner. We at SLDT have designed this programme to fill this gap and what we have created is an “Elephant Spa”. You will be working in the spa to give these elephants a few hours of pampering, whereas otherwise they will be working and taking tourists on their backs, logging or parading in a procession.
  • Considered as a must complete thing to do when you are in Sigiriya , Habarana , Dambulla or Kandalama
Day 1 :


Arrive at Habarana junction at 8.30 a.m. and meet the SLDT representative. After the welcome and safety briefing, you will be met with elephants and each of their mahouts/handlers.
You can take some time to interact with your own elephant and get to know its personality.
Then we take your friend to the “spa” – a river. Help your mahout scrub and clean your elephant in the river.

The mighty Asian elephant is a living link to Sri Lanka’s vivid history which includes a rich and diverse culture of colourful pageantry. Through the ages, the Sri Lankan elephant has been used in battle, as a working farm labourer and continues to be used in many of the island’s traditional ceremonies.

Smaller than the African elephant, the Asian elephant is the largest land-living animal in Asia. Despite weighing up to 5600kg and reaching up to 9 feet in height, you will feel their gentle strength, their sharp intelligence and personal character on first introduction.

You will get up close and personal with your elephant as he bathes happily in the river, and you get the chance to help the mahout in scrubbing and rubbing the elephant’s wrinkly skin and ever-curious trunk. Delight in feeding your new ‘gentle giant’ friend as he devours the fruits and their favourite leaves you offer.

After pampering the elephants, you will say goodbye to your new-found friends – your own personal elephant and mahout – and you will be directed to have your traditional Sri Lankan lunch in a village house.

Included in the price

  • Charges for the elephant and its mahout/handler
  • Traditional Sri Lankan lunch
  • Food to feed the elephant


  • Any transportation
  • Any extra beverages or food and snacks consumed
  • Any tips to the elephant mahouts/handlers
  • Any personal effects not mentioned here
  • Any others expenses not mentioned in Price Inclusions section
Overall Trip Rating:
- Based on 3 travel reviews
Very Good
  1. Once in a lifetime experience..
    By Kurt Jespersen
    from Sri Lanka
    November 16, 2023
    Feeling grateful for theopportunity to spend time with an elephant in Habarana. This experience not only allowed me to fulfill a lifelong dream but also gave me a deeper appreciation for these magnificent creatures. I highly recommend spending a day with an elephant in Habarana to anyone who loves animals and wants to have a unique and meaningful experience. It is a once in a lifetime opportunity that I will always cherish and remember.
    Date of Experience: November 15, 2023
  2. A great way to spend your day!!! Kids loved it
    By Family Atkison
    from Australia
    October 25, 2023
    it was truly an unforgettable experience. We as animal lovers, we have always been fascinated by these gentle giants and being able to interact with one up close was a dream come true. We had a chance to feed it, take it to the river and bath, and finally we had a walk in the village with this magestic friend.
    Date of Experience: October 22, 2023
  3. One of a Kind experience for Animal Lovers!!
    By Jaob Kauffman
    from Sri Lanka
    August 16, 2023
    It was a remarkable experience. Throughout the day, we learned so much about elephants and their behaviors. We fed the elephant with a local tree leaevs and some local fruit and we got to bathe it in the nearby river. This was one of the highlights of the day as we got to see it playfully splash around in the water.
    Date of Experience: August 10, 2023

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Spend A Day With An Elephant: Habarana
From $80
/ Adult - Single Person(SOLO)
From $70 $50
/ Adult - 2 Persons
From $45
/ Adult - 3 Persons
From $45
/ Adult - 4 Persons
From $45
/ Adult - 5 or More people
From $25
/ Child - Price per child
  • SLDT/2406/EX02
  • 8:00 AM
  • Habarana Junction
  • 5 Hours (Including lunch)
  • 48 Hours


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