We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Minneriya National Park

Habarana-Polonnaruwa Road, Habarana, Sri Lanka
Improve this listing
Ranked #1 of 8 Attractions in Habarana
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: National Parks, Nature/ Wildlife Areas
281 visitor photos
Write a Review

411 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    227
    124
    39
    13
    8
Date | Rating
  • Danish first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Hebrew first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Turkey, Texas
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014 NEW

good trip and excellent if you get to see the elephants. The monkeys are just as entertaining!! Lovely to see the different wildlife. A tad pricey for what it is but we were glad we did it. Keep your eyes peels on the roads as well to the park as you may drive by some of the elephants on the... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

Hundreds of birds Families of elephants showing their natural behavior, with young elephants playing in the water and in the meadows

Was this review helpful? Yes
Whitley Bay, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

Saw the elephants go to the water hole was lucky as loads of elephants and some babies. A bit mad as load of Jeeps about all viewing the elephants but worth the visit and would recommend to all to visit

Was this review helpful? Yes
Lydney, United Kingdom
Contributor
15 reviews 15 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

We arrived at Minneriya around 3pm and spent around 4 hours in the park. Thanks to our guide, this was the perfect time to visit, dusk was magical, saw a lot of elephants including a number of baby elephants and lots of other wildlife too Excellent and definitely worth a visit

Was this review helpful? Yes
Colombo, Sri Lanka
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

One of the biggest wildlife reserve in the country. Situated along the habarana- Batticaloa road. Best place to see lots of animals in their natural habitat, specially the wild elephants. There are about 300 wild elephants in close proximity around the minneriya tank. For accommodation you have to go to habarana or girithale. Safari vehicles and official guides (trackers) are... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Dusseldorf, Germany
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

Beautiful park where we saw a small herd of elephants with calves, monkeys, and a variety of birds. We also stopped at a lookout point. Sunglasses to protect the eyes from sand dust are highly advisable, we were completely covered in it afterwards, as the vehicles throw this into the air. A lovely trip regardless!

Was this review helpful? Yes
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

it is one of the best places to see the elephant gatherings. Visit the park before the dusk because its really dry and warm. Apart form that there are nothing to complaint and its amazing at the sunset time.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Top Contributor
62 reviews 62 reviews
17 attraction reviews
120 helpful votes 120 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

It was an OK elephant trip. Off at 6:60 AM with packed lunch, at site at park at 7ish. Drove around and around.....found 6 elephants grazing.....sat jammed side by side with 7 other 4X4's for 15 minutes (motors running) and left. Drove around...saw nothing else drove back to hotel at 10:30 and that was considered a 1/2 day safari. If... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
London, United Kingdom
Reviewer
3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

Loved this mini safari; we were thrilled to see a large family of elephants in their natural habitat. Standing up in the jeeps was exciting.

Was this review helpful? Yes
london
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

Cool views of birds and elephants. We took a jeep safari and had an amazing time. Much quiter than yala

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Minneriya National Park also viewed

Habarana, North Central Province
Polonnaruwa, North Central Province
 
Habarana, North Central Province
 

Been to Minneriya National Park? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Do you own or manage Minneriya National Park?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing