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Minneriya National Park

Habarana-Polonnaruwa Road, Habarana, Sri Lanka
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Ranked #1 of 8 Attractions in Habarana
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: National Parks, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Outdoors
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Type: National Parks, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Outdoors

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

MINNERIYA/KAUDULLA NATIONAL PARK The Minneriya/Kaudulla National Park includes a 249 square km reservoir, built by King Mahasen about 15 centuries ago. We saw more than 300 wild elephants gather on the shores of the reservoir. This gathering is the highlight of the National Park and is one the largest in the wild anywhere in the world. We also spotted deer,... More 

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Warsaw, Poland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

The only way to get into this park is via an organised jeep safari. You will find touts all around Habarana. If you want to negotiate a good price, don't let the driver know which hotel you are staying in, especially if it is one of the two upscale resorts by the lake. The experience is of course better when... More 

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

It's really a great day we had at the Minneriya National Park! We visited Minneriya park from Habarana. It was just few minutes drive from Habarana. At somewhere closer to the lake, we were lucky to saw a herd of elephants with their little ones. We saw many birds and some other small animals as well. Thanks for Our tour... More 

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Huntly, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

Expected to see a few elephants and ended up in a scene from national Geographic magazine.Quite a shock to be so close to so many wild elephants. There is so much to Sri Lanka !

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Market Harborough, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

What a great day we had at the Minneriya National Park! Don't be over obsessed by the elephants there as there a lot's of other animals and birdlife to see. Our guide was absolutely brilliant and very knowledgeable.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

We visited Minneriya NP from Pollonaruwa, and booked it in our guesthouse. It is quite a long drive there from Pollonaruwa, there are probably places which are closer to the park. Once we were in the park we were trapped in a train of jeeps following the same road through the forrest. In there we saw an owl and some... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

We had an amazing experience at Minneriya with our three young kids. Seeing a herd of over 50 elephants roaming and bathing was a special event. We had an amazing guide Chathuranga who was so obviously passionate about his role, the wildlife and the park itself. His enthusiasm was infectious and his knowledge and keen eye ensured we got a... More 

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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

Journey to Minneriya National park was one of my exciting safaries. It gave me the opportunity to breath Fresh Air under huge trees & very spectecular sky & nature. I was amazed with the flock of Elephants gathered near the Tank & been very close to them.Most of them were very silent & claim but the proud & atttractiveness of... More 

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Weymouth, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Brilliant to see so many elephants but we were disappointed by the number of other safari trucks around. All the safari trucks seem to set off at the same time each day meaning it can get very busy and I felt a little sorry for the elephants being surrounded by 30-40 vehicles at one time.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

We hired a jeep from our hotel and went on a safari. Best part was the sighting of a many herds of elephants. The guide took us very close to one herd, which was very exciting. Other than that saw a few birds and deer.

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