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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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Hong Kong, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Travel by a jeep in the national park, it might be a bit expensive but that's worth to try. Saw different elephants' family and the scenery there is super good!

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Salalah, Oman
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

We went to Minneriya to see the legendary 'gathering' of elephants, although it was more like a gathering of jeeps. Yes, we saw about 100 elephants, but we also saw about 100 jeeps whose drivers' behaviour was frankly shocking: driving through elephant family groups and clearly distressing them; driving far too close to some elephants in an attempt to provoke... More

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Nottingham
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

By chance we got to go here in July. Not the height of the elephant season but less of the invasive human migrants in the area. I am a bit ambivalent about jeep safaris (but not principled enough not to go) as they tend to chase the animals around. We did have the fortune to go when it was relatively... More

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Amersfoort
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

July and August are a good time to visit, we saw about 200 elephants togheter, a special experience!

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Menlo Park, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

I don't like zoos, so this was great to see the elephants in their natural habitat. Unlike the leopards in Yala, which is a very lucky sighting, the elephants usually do roam there during the dry season. There is a gathering of 50-200 elephants during the dry season to drink from the lake. Beware of jeep drivers who get too... More

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Gampaha, Sri Lanka
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Minneriya national park is situated in between Habarana, Polonnaruwa and Minneriya town in the North central province. Its 182 Km from Colombo. If you are lucky enough you can see 100 - 600 elephants in one safari trip. This was started as a sanctuary in 1938 and upgraded to national park in 1997.

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Eastbourne, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

We visited this national park on the way to Habarana from Polonnaruwa. Took some time to reach the park itself, eventually our driver received a call from his colleagues and we found them. Tens and tens of elephants, different age groups, in very short distance from them. Lots of jeeps too, but everybody wanted to see them. Routine job for... More

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Hi Visited this park from Waikkal with Asda Tours mainly because there are lots of wild elephants and you can do it in a day from Waikkal (Club hotel dolphin). Tour was great value for our family of 3 - left Waikkal at 10:30, stopped for breakfast with the driver (great little roadside cafe) and then stopped at Sigiriya to... More

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Deinze, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

We wanted to see a lot of elephants from nearby and we were not disappointed . During our two and a half our trip we saw more than hundred of them. So if you want to see elephants ( and other wildlife ) .......

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London
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Superb place to see elephants in their natural environment. Baby elephants from one week old to huge gentle giants....We were all in awe! So many bird species and a fun packed trip, highly recommended. Great place for a first safari for children

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