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Guided Elephant Safari: Minneriya or Kaudulla

Guided Elephant Safari: Minneriya or Kaudulla

By Back of Beyond Sri Lanka
Be guided by an experienced wildlife expert and safari guide on this thrilling tour to see the largest gathering of Asian Elephants in the world! 'The Gathering' is a wildlife spectacle which occurs annually in Minneriya. On this wildlife adventure, you will be taken to where Minneriya or Kaudualla National Parks (the guides have the best idea where the most elephants will be on any given day) where you will get a chance to see hundreds of elephants feeding, bathing, playing and interacting with their herds. There will be plenty of baby elephants who are so entertaining to watch! Your guide is a local expert and experienced wildlife safari guide, who will tell you about the elephants of Sri Lanka and their special behavioural traits as well as about the beautiful Minneriya & Kaudulla National Parks.
per group (up to 2)
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Ages 0-120, max of 4 per group
Duration: 4h
Start time: Check availability
Mobile ticket
Meets animal welfare guidelines
Live guide: English

  • All Fees and Taxes
  • Light refreshment
  • Binoculars

Start:Multiple pickup locations offered.
  • Back of Beyond - Jungle Hideaway, Pidurangala, Kurulu Uyana', Temple Road, Pidurangala, Sigiriya 21220, Sri Lanka
    We can come pick you up from anywhere in Sigiriya. Please confirm your booking and if you need to be picked up by contacting +94766147045
Pickup details
  • Please confirm your booking and if you need to be picked up by contacting +94766147045
Hotel pickup offered
During checkout you will be able to select from the list of included hotels.
    End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

      • Not wheelchair accessible
      If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 184419P5

      • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
      • Most travelers can participate
      • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
      • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
      • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 4 travelers

      • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

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      Guided Elephant Safari: Minneriya or Kaudulla price starts from $176.00. Discover and book Guided Elephant Safari: Minneriya or Kaudulla on Tripadvisor
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      • Back of Beyond Sri Lanka
        Sigiriya, Sri Lanka
        Joined in August 2019
      • alanleigh60
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        Not to be missed experience
        The guide Thusitha and colleague were excellent, wonderful knowledge and passion for this strange and endangered little animal. We saw 5 Loris and really enjoyed the jungle. They also had lots of information and knowledge about all birds and animals. A great experience.would highly recommend it.
        Written January 21, 2024
      • CarmenP3795
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        Incredible Night Tour Experience
        I did the Grey slender Loris tour with dinner included. Can’t recommend enough. The guides were very well educated. We had a very informative presentation and a delicious dinner before going out on our tour. What makes this place great is they put great effort into protecting the Loris through a few different initiatives. I had the most incredible time and I will certainly be back. All the best to the Back of Beyond team! You helped make my visit to Sri Lanka great!
        Written November 30, 2023
      • 609gavint
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        Interesting and enjoyable experience
        This was a lovely and interesting way to find out more about the wildlife in Sri Lanka. The guide was very knowledgeable, committed to conservation and sensitive to limiting the impact of the tour on the animals. We saw loris on 7 or 8 occasions, sometimes just a pair of eyes peering out from the trees and twice a clear view of the animals climbing.through the canopy and catching insects. We were in a group of four plus the guide and an expert spotter, which worked really well.
        Written October 6, 2023
      • ryanbI3560PL
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        Highlight of the trip!
        Can’t recommend this highly enough. My partner and I went for the option with dinner included and it was great. The place is a conservation project we’re they put money towards buying land that has been turned into empty farmland and re-wilding it, giving new habitats for local wildlife. They told us how they have built to minimise their impact on the local environment. The tour was great with multiple slender loris and even a wild jungle cat. Afterwards we had barbecued food in the jungle lit by candles and lamps, cooked right there. Was one of the best meals I had had all holiday.
        Written October 4, 2023
      • sophiecR3959UL
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        Incredible experience with very knowledgable guides! Amazing jungle BBQ afterwards
        My partner and I did the loris nighttime walk with dinner included, and it was the highlight of the holiday! The team made a huge effort to find as many loris for us and also other animals as well. It is a conservation project, so the team took the right precautions to ensure the animals safety at all times. When we got back from the walk, we had a jungle BBQ - a huge highlight, I would definitely recommend!
        Written October 4, 2023
      • Bea_MRwildlife
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        Loris tour
        We didn't actually stay at the location; we simply joined the loris tour. Unfortunately, we had the misfortune of being assigned a substitute guide, which made the experience a bit frustrating. I can't speak for the regular tour with the proper guide, but in our case, the guide seemed to be poorly trained. They struggled with using the red lamp effectively and had difficulty tracking the animals. Although we did manage to spot a loris, I was the one who actually spotted it, and we didn't spend much time observing it. We departed from the area rather swiftly, as the guide didn't seem to respond when we alerted them about seeing shining eyes. It was quite a disappointing experience overall. While I understand that everyone has a learning curve, it was the attitude of the guide that was particularly bothersome. Their lack of enthusiasm made it feel like we received subpar service. Considering the relatively high cost of the tour, it's disheartening to have had such a negative encounter.
        Written August 19, 2023
      • Getaway20722285974
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        Great experience for animal lovers!
        We had a very nice tour with a very knowledgeable guide. He was able to spot the lories up in the trees and also showed us some other animals. In total, we saw 7-8 lories. Great experience and great initiative to create awareness about these cute animals
        Written August 7, 2023
      • beckynmax
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        I thoroughly enjoyed our walk in the forest. The night vision lamps made the forest come to life. We spotted 3 separate loris — their red eyes peering in the dark, and with the help of our guide were able to briefly see the animals in white light. We even saw a mom and baby. Do not book expecting to shoot photos— it is dark and the loris are fast. Do expect a peaceful glimpse into the hidden wonders of insect life in the forest at night with fleeting Loris sightings.
        Written July 18, 2023
      • beckycz
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        Nice Experience
        This was a fun excursion. Our guide Thusitha was enthusiastic and knowledgeable. We were provided with head lamps and torches -- boots in the case of my friend. The Back of Beyond resort is located on the edge of a jungle and is nature conscious with low lighting, so the transition to the dark forested area was easy. The trails were as clear as they could be in a forest with few if any hazardous areas. We spotted three Loris and one had a baby. To be honest, what you see mostly, unless you are lucky, is Lori eyes, red eyes reflected from the red lantern. They do move quite fast when the white light comes out. It was interesting seen how many insects lit u under the red light. We included a nice dinner and Lion lager with our ticket. I thought it was a great experience.
        Written June 30, 2023
      • RohanBW
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        The most perfect place to be
        I took the road less travelled by…and that did make all the difference (with apologies to Frost). Having seen Sigiriya and Pidurangala from their conventional sides, the opportunity to see them from another, and from the water, was too good to miss. The lake waters were receding, and the boatman rowed and poled us through a narrow channel of submerged viperine roots that snarled the poor man’s every effort, but progress we made, slow…and as it should be. For the channel was lined by ancient trees and swamp scrubs that teemed with birds and butterflies and dragonflies of every imaginable hue and colour. Stork-billed Kingfishers, the tiny Common Kingfisher, myriads of water birds, and a majestic White-bellied Sea Eagle all flitted about, with the latter looking disdainfully down at us from its treetop perch. Then, after a while, we broke out into the clear, still waters of the lake that mirrored the towering rocks that still give taste, to the present, of ancient human glory and creative magnificence. Surrounded by tall forest trees whose topmost branches now reflected in the soft light of the evening sun, there was no better place to be at that moment in time, on any place on Earth. It was perfect. Maybe the next time, they will take me on the night of a cloudless full moon…!
        Written October 16, 2019
      • mandidal
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        An amazing experience!
        We were looking for unique experiences in Sigiriya - 'something different' to the mainstream activities and we were not disappointed with the 'Magical Boat Ride' experience. It exceeded all expectations. Our guide was just amazing and the friendliest guy who we learned a lot from in terms of what we saw. The views were just breathtaking and we really enjoyed our time as we were the only ones on the boat and on the lake, which was covered in the most beautiful water lilies of white, pink and purple colour... we watched a spectacular sunset and the setting sun shone off the side of Sigiriya casting an etherial golden pink hue all around - simply magical! It's one of those travel experiences that we will never forget! Thank you Ashan for this amazing experience! :) We highly recommend it for anyone looking for an experience that is unique and exceptional.
        Written September 22, 2019
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