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Hurulu Eco Park

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Address: Habarana-Trincomalee Road, Habarana, Sri Lanka

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Elephants a plenty and SO CLOSE!

It is a beautiful park, with lush greenery (and breathtaking landscapes from the viewing point). We saw many elephants, from very close, including a few extremely cute babies... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 18, 2015
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Southampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

Went for a jungle safari during our SL visit with our 2 children (5yo & 2yo) and they thoroughly enjoyed it. there were elephants and eagles (don't expect much more though). Was very fascinating to see their growing family as in most other places, you'd only see adult elephants. thoroughly enjoyed it. Extremely comfy jeep and the driver was amazing... More 

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Kandy, Sri Lanka
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW via mobile

The wild elephant safari at this park was very good,only problem it was overcrowded with many safari jeeps ,and the tourists were very noisy the tour guide should brief them before not to make a noise we were able to see many elephants

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

Like previous reviewers, we were a little dubious after being told that there were no elephants at Minneriya during April when trying to organise a safari but they could be found at the "Eco Park". After a bit of research and based on previous reviews, we decided to go to Minneriya first (no elephants) so we visited Hurulu the next... More 

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Paris, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

It is a beautiful park, with lush greenery (and breathtaking landscapes from the viewing point). We saw many elephants, from very close, including a few extremely cute babies being protected by their parents. It is a shame that some jeep drivers are ready to frighten the elephants by getting very close for a few quick photos for the tourists. This... More 

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Dorset
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

We were lucky to see several groups of elephant including a mother with a two-week old baby. I am concerned that too many jeeps pursuing elephants like paparazzi will have a negative impact on their welfare.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

The forest is dense and it's difficult to see elephants. And the few times you see elephants, there will be about 20 jeeps around chasing the elephants. If you want to see Elephants, Minneriya (during the right season) or Udawalawe National Park (all year round) are much much better!

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Mellor, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

We hired a jeep and driver to spend the afternoon in this reserve and enjoyed seeing lots of wild elephants plus other interesting wildlife.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

We went on a 2 hour tour and were very lucky to see lots of elephants. Our driver got us very close so we had an excellent view. It was a bit scary when one looked like it was going to charge though! Luckily it didn't, but our guide assured us that the jeeps are very strong (much safer in... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

For 50$ per person, we had a nice 3-hour elephant safari in this medium-sized reserve. Although, at some points the jeep density was higher than the elephant density.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

At first was a little disappointed that it was the wrong season to visit Minneriya but was happily surprised we saw a number of elephants at Hurulu Eco Park. First 45min was a bit slow but we saw more and more as the tour went on. Be prepared for a bumpy ride. We felt a couple of jeep drivers got... More 

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