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Hurulu Eco Park

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Address: Habarana-Trincomalee Road, Habarana, Sri Lanka

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Great bird life and elephants.

Very close encounters with a large group of elephants (30+), including several young ones. Didn't like the "scrum" of around 25 safari jeeps all jockeying for position with... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 3, 2015
Tangawizi_Sandan
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

Very close encounters with a large group of elephants (30+), including several young ones. Didn't like the "scrum" of around 25 safari jeeps all jockeying for position with absolutely no regard for the animals with the result that one or two elephants became more aggressive. When we told our driver to withdraw and position our vehicle away from the scrum... More 

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Basingstoke, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

Two hours to find a few elephants and ten other jeeps with no respect for the animals at all. Saw better sightings off the main road. If you want to see elephants go to Africa.

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Nuneaton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015 via mobile

Smaller and cheaper than the other parks but so many beautiful wild elephants. I disagree with some reviews and felt that the drivers were very respectful of the animals and never felt like they were being harassed or scared. Our driver knew the park well and we were alone for a majority of the safari, however we did not use... More 

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Assen, The Netherlands
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5 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

lots of elephants and birds. lots of jeeps too, its a shame they really disturbed the elephants. they enclosed the elephants from all sides. you can see they were frightend. the matriarch of the group became agresive. the nature iin the park is also worth looking at. the other 2 parks in the neighbour hood were closed because of the... More 

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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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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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22 reviews 22 reviews
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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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