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Maduru Oya National Park

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Address: Between the Poloinnaruwa-Batticalo Road and Mahiyangana-Padiyathalawa Road, Aralaganwila 51100, Sri Lanka
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours

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Wildlife National Park

As wildlife enthusiasts and photographers, this National Park seemed to be a must for our Sri Lankan tour. It started well at the small reception area where we transitioned from... read more

Reviewed March 19, 2017
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Braintree
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Reviewed March 19, 2017

As wildlife enthusiasts and photographers, this National Park seemed to be a must for our Sri Lankan tour. It started well at the small reception area where we transitioned from car to jeep....high in a tree we saw our first indigenous species of the furry kind. A Giant Squirrel, the size of a large domestic cat, plus a rare sighting... More 

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Ja Ela, Sri Lanka
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Reviewed March 12, 2017

This is the best wild life park I have been so far. very natural & wild. we stayed just 2 days , one night at the Wild life Bungalow. We saw lot of elephants even near the road. Very nice place & our bungalow situated near the tank & at dawn it was wonderful.

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Kandy, Sri Lanka
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Reviewed February 15, 2017

A beautiful beautiful park and an amazing place to see many wild animals. Elephants can be seen freely roaming and with less crowd you can observe them for some time. Pick a good safari jeep because the ride is not comfortable. A beautiful place that you must visit if you are around Polonnaruwa.

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Kandy, Sri Lanka
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Reviewed January 20, 2017

A park close to Polonnaruwa and Mahiyangana and specially there are no jeeps to out number the elephants. We saw the deer, Crocodile and lot of elephants. Surrounding landscape was stunningly beautiful.

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Genk, Belgium
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Reviewed January 14, 2017

I visited this park on an organised half day Safari from Polonnaruwa. Altough it is a 70 km ride to get there it is well worth it. No crowd like reputedly at Minneriya or Kaddula NP, we were the only Jeep there. No admission gate or admission to be paid on the road we took and I counted 75 elephants,... More 

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Kandy, Sri Lanka
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Reviewed November 4, 2016 via mobile

This park is not over crowded like most of the wild life parks in Sri Lanka very calm and peaceful and plenty of wild elephants

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Thank lakshmanisaac
England
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Reviewed September 17, 2016

This park hasn't been open as long as some others and not so well advertised for tourists. Our patient driver found it in the end as he had never been there either and rang ahead to book a jeep for us (absolutelankatours -thoroughly recommend) Don't just turn up or there won't be a jeep for you. We had the park... More 

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Kelaniya, Sri Lanka
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Reviewed August 15, 2016 via mobile

One of the top wild reserves in the island, if not the best. Stunning environment; owe inspiring. Elephants are an obvious promise if you visit the site around 4 p.m. l recommend to be a must visit through the tree shadowed Aralaganvila route. Awesome!

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Kutchan-cho, Japan
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Reviewed August 3, 2016

This is one of the best places to see Elephants. There are no traffic jam of Safari Jeeps like in Yala or Udawalawe. We had a peaceful safari. We went to see the Maduru Oya Dam. There were lot of Elephants and Deer. Safari Jeeps need to book in advance through private providers. Not available at the park entrance.

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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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Reviewed April 25, 2016

We were a group of 12 (8 adults and 4 children) staying for 3 nights at the Wildlife Department bungalow facing the reservoir. The bungalow has 3 rooms, each having one double bed and two single beds (bedsheets provided, bring blankets if you need). There are two bathrooms (bring towels). It is clean and the food was nice. The reservoir... More 

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