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Hurulu Eco Park

Habarana-Trincomalee Road, Habarana, Sri Lanka
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Ranked #4 of 8 Attractions in Habarana
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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25 reviews 25 reviews
9 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2013

Nobody should visit Sri Lanka without going to see wild Asian elephants. During the dry season Minneriya and Kaudulla are great to see lots of elephants. However, during the wet season, when the reservoirs are full, Hurulu Eco Park is a good alternative. You won't see as many elephants as in the other parks, but most likely you will see... More

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7 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2013

Be sure to get more than one offer and negotiate a better price!! For example, ask your hotel, and a driver or tour operator, and call the park directly, then negotiate. We were substantially overcharged! We only realized it, because when we arrived at the park, a couple wanted to just pay us to ride in our jeep, since we... More

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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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47 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2013

Many people are not aware of the Hurulu National Park or the Eco Park since it's being overshadowed by the adjoining Minneriya National Park. Hurulu is one of the 4 sites of the UNESCO Man & Biosphere Program. During our journey we thoroughly enjoyed the ride since many jeeps were not there. We saw the occasional jeep or two, but... More

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North West
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3 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2013

Our driver arranged a jeep with a contact of his (3500rp for 2 of us) which seems pretty cheap compared to other reviews. We paid the park entrance separately and the park's spotter joined us. We went in the early morning (setting off at 6am from the hotel just down the road and were back at the hotel before 9am).... More

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colombo
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

This part is located near to hotel that we stayed, thus we took a private jeep next to our hotel and cost was 8000/- for eight of us! nevertheless for foreigners the cost may be higher than locals. once you enter the hirulu Eco Park! you have to take a entrance ticket for each and everyone (somewhere around 100/-). we... More

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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3 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2013

We have just returned from a very enjoyable Elephant Safari, well worth the effort. Luckily after a slowish start we managed to see several groups of elephants including a few babies. Lots of interesting birds as well. The terrain is bumpy but probably to be expected, just take water and make sure to put on the sunscreen. Enjoy

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Herts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2013

We took a private jeep tour to see the elephants in Hurulu. Cost was Rs 15,000 for three of us but that gave us a private jeep, driver and spotter. Tour lasted 2.5 hours which was about the right amount of time and included a stop with delicious fresh pineapple. We had a great trip and did see 6 or... More

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'round the word
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2013

This is small park, but to go thru it it will take cca 3 hours. We were lucky and see plenty of animals. We have seen from Elephant, lizards, falcon to wild peacocks and water buffalos. Definitely worth a visit. Take cap and water with you, sun is really brutal there.

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Maldon, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2013

Hurulu Biosphere Eco Park near Dambulla Jeep safaris through the Hurulu Eco Park are becoming ever more popular. A number of private companies provide four/five hour safaris, either during morning or afternoon. I chose to book one which would end when the sun was low in the sky, when shadows and soft light are perfect for photography. So at 2pm... More

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Bonn, Germany
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2013

i enjoyed my trip to the park very much concerning all the animals I could see. elephants, many, many elephants! BUT: The responsible staff should work on not sending 1 or 2 people per jeep into the park but join the groups. That would have the effect that less jeeps would cruise around and sort of chase the animals. Cause... More

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