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Minneriya National Park

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Address: Habarana-Polonnaruwa Road, Habarana, Sri Lanka

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Top sight for our Sri Lanka Trip.

Jeep to your own down winding dusty tracks. There ae loads of jeeps and you might think that it is a little touristy, but so what, when you get to the lake and see the elephants... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 11, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

Jeep to your own down winding dusty tracks. There ae loads of jeeps and you might think that it is a little touristy, but so what, when you get to the lake and see the elephants, water buffalo, Heron, spoonbills, pelecans, it is magical. If you need a driver in Sri Lanka - ring Bandara on ++94772714818. Top bloke and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

Best place to see elephants. You may start counting when you see first few. But you will definitely stop counting when you enter into the open area near minneriya tank. There are more than hundred elephants. You can observe different type of elephant activities in one place. And beautiful landscape too. But other than elephants, nothing much.

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Negombo, Sri Lanka
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

The elephants are amazing, and they come very close to the jeeps, but there wasn't much else to view in the park. lot of birds 5 deer ,nice safari

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

Had a long drive inside the park and saw nothing for a very long long time. After about 1 1/2 hrs we finally spotted some elephants. We could drive up "close" so we got a good view of the 4 elephants. After a short break we drov on and out of the park. The driver said most elephants would be... More 

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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

Its a really awesome ride specially on a rainyday in muddy path... The elephants are really huge...oh...best safari ever..

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

We visited here during April, mainly to spot the elephants. While we unfortunately did not see any during our safari, it was still highly enjoyable. The scenery in the park is absolutely beautiful and we did not see any other jeeps during the safari, giving the impression that we were the only ones in the park. There was plenty of... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

The Wandering Yank here again. There's only one reason you'll want to visit here, and it's for the elephants. The drivers communicate with each other and the next thing you know you'll be racing in your safari jeep (along with all the other jeeps) into a communal elephant-watching orgy. Kind of touristy, but if you want to see elephants, it's... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

Breathtaking landscapes, an ever-changing scenery and hundreds of elephants greeted us in Minneriya National Park last year. There weren't too many jeeps considering the spread of the park and we felt alone with the elephants who were happily eating 10 metres away from us. We also spotted a giant squirrel, monkeys, lots of birds, buffaloes and a snake.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

The Elephants were all there waiting to greet us...entire herd all age groups...fabulous sight seeing them looking after their newly born

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

It's worth the trip, but you spend about an hour driving on a horrible dirt road before you're able to view any wildlife. The elephants are amazing, and they come very close to the jeeps, but there wasn't much else to view in the park.

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