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Minneriya National Park

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Address: Habarana-Polonnaruwa Road, Habarana, Sri Lanka
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Beautiful park, we really enjoyed it. Negative thing was that it was really crowded in the afternoon. I not only took pictures of the large groups of elephants but also of the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Beautiful park, we really enjoyed it. Negative thing was that it was really crowded in the afternoon. I not only took pictures of the large groups of elephants but also of the large group of jeeps. Wasn't really sure who looked at who at one point. Price of the jeep was 5000 Lrk and entrance was another 2000 Lrk pp... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

We were extremely lucky to visit in August when the water levels are very low which means all the animals gather at the few remaining water holes for food and water. we saw in excess of 200 elephants and lots of birds. It was magical to see the elephants roaming freely in their natural habitat. A truly wonderful experience. We... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

We went to minneriya National park at around 9 30 am. We didnt get to see alot of the wild life. We were told that at this time animals would be hiding and sleeping and that it is preferable to come early in the morning. We saw elephants, bulls, and few monkeys.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

As others have mentioned this place can get quite overrun in the late afternoon where the elephants are most likely to gather. We got there around 1 pm and had an enjoyable drive through the jungle to get to the open plains. You get to see lots of birds, lizards, buffalos etc. Once we got to the open plains with... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

Visit in August when over 300 wild elephants gather in the park for food and water. A Jeep safari is to be recommended.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

This is a stop in nowhere and after few minutes by driving into the parc you will start enjoying one of the most beautiful wild places in the zone, nice lake surrounded by lots of animals... elefants, lots of birds, buffalos, ... The only you need to do is to enjoy the view!!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

I love elephants and that was my reason for coming here, however, there had been rain in the previous few days and so there was less likelihood of the elephants coming out of the forest. It is a beautiful park and we saw a few monkeys and some water buffalo but I was pleased when we heard that an elephant... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

but you will be with dozens of other 4x4s. It was lots of fun and great first time "safari" for my partner and I. We loved it and there is plenty of opportunity for good photos. It is worth the money.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

Too many jeeps competing for views of the elephants. More like a motorised rugby scrum than a safari.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

Really beautiful nature and wild life, great to see the elephants free. We saw at least 50 of them next to the main lake, baby's and adults. Plenty of monkeys, birds and buffaloes. On the way back we saw even more elephants in the woods and even heard them mating.. It felt pretty touristy and they allow way to many... More 

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