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Hurulu Eco Park

Address: 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, Nature & Parks
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Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks

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Theni, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

We went for a 2 hour evening drive in this national park and we got to see about 50 elephants. Though the terrain was rough, the driver / guide was fabulous in negotiating the terrain as well as getting the vehicle into right position for photography.

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Zuerich
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

This park is excellent for elephant safaris. Book them in Habarana (ensure you get on a Jeep with proper tires, the roads can be very bad). The park starts about a mile outside the village, and appeared to be full of elephants when we were there!

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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

This is a nice park to see elephants. However, we have been to other Sri Lankan parks and I think this is the least organized. Safari jeep drivers drive like crazy there, through bushes and grassland, destroying fragile ecosystem to bring you closer to the elephants. Although we were able to see elephants on a main road, I have a... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Liked that we saw about 15 elephants with their young, but as soon as you saw something suddenly about another 20 jeeps arrived - made it feel like we were chasing them! Driver was delightful and they pickup and dropoff at Cinnamon Lodge.

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Ely, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

This was supposed to be a sanctuary for wild elephants, instead what there was was a herd of elephants being chased around by a dozen off-the-road 4x4s. Hardly a sanctuary, these elephants were being tormented by the whole experience. It was little wonder that some of the males got very angry and threatened to charge us which if they had... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

Amazing place.. wonderful wildlife. We saw Alot of elephants and eagles. You should do jeep safari specially during raining. I recommended

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

Go here when the wet season has started, loads of elephants with young at very close range. Different experience from the other parks but as just as worthwhile.

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Maharagama, null, Sri Lanka
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

Park is neighboring to Minneriya and Kaudulla National Parks, This is smaller park when comparing to other 2 parks of Minneriya and Kaudulla. As elephants moving from one park to other and for some months in the year, you can see elephants only in Hurulu Eco Park and that time no elephants in Minneriya or Kaudulla. This park is less... More 

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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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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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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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