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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
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Colombo
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83 reviews 83 reviews
18 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

It is approx 25kms from Dambulla and 11kms from Habarana to the entrance of the Minneriya National Park. A visit here costs approx $37 per person if you are only 2, however if you have 6 persons which is the standard amount of people fitting in to a safari jeep it will cost approx $24 per person. One must report... More

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ella
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

Unfortunately we went on a very rainy day, and thus didnt see the expected gathering of 100+ elephants. the first 1.5h we only saw one elephant. at the end, when we were almost driving back, two elephant families showed up. yes, it was great to see a family of wild elephants from very closeby. But it was also a very... More

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Dublin, Ireland
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28 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

Loved this trip to the park. We saw lots a great birds, elephants and snakes. Our kids got a real kick out of the open top jeep and the animals. We had a super guide that spotted so many things we would otherwise have missed. Bring plenty of water and a snack.

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The Hague
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42 reviews 42 reviews
8 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

There's quite a good chance you will spot more elephants than safari jeeps here. Although there was kind of a rush hour traffic in the park we managed to see 4 groups of elephants coming out of the woods to go to the lake.

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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10 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

We loved Minneriya and the experience exceeded all of our expectations. The herd of elephants were so spectacular that you soon ignored the ridiculous number of safari vehicles jostling for good positions. Really enjoyed it.

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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

Advised by guide that evenings best to see elephants coming down to drink in greater numbers and weren't disappointed with more elephants than expected. Yes its busy but still plenty of photo opportunities some at very close range.

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Brussels, Belgium
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

This is supposedly the best time of the year to see the gathering but during our afternoon safari we only spotted approx. 30 elephants - we saw as many elephants in Uda Walawe (and a greater variety of other animals). The most disturbing are the huge number of jeeps on the very limited territory which is open for the public.... More

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Thame, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Wow!!! Standing up in a jeep watching elephants in their natural habitat was amazing. It took us a while to find one in the distance - and then suddenly we saw about 50, including babies. It was breath taking. We saw loads of birds and water buffalo too. It's a must if visiting the area. Only thing is that there... More

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Seville, Spain
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

First of all the conditions of the visit; dry season, start time at 3pm, our driver arranged the visit, price for seven people: 4000 rupies each including jeep + entrance to the park, heavy rain half of the visit, low season. Negative: i hated the mass of jeeps and people taking pictures around the animals (this is why my points... More

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Dhaka City, Bangladesh
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

We were thrilled to see so many wild elephants. Beyond expectation. My children were so excited. A must visit for all traveling to Habarana.

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