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Minneriya National Park

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Address: Habarana-Polonnaruwa Road, Habarana 50150, Sri Lanka
Phone Number: 94777065438
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$164*
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Private Day Trip to Sigiriya and Minneriya from Kandy
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Private Tour: The Great Elephant Gathering Safari in Minneriya

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5 stars for experience, but slightly unsettling

We wanted to see elephants up close and that we surely did - it's a beautiful sight - the elephants wandering and playing in the water and mud, old, young and lots in-between... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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32 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We wanted to see elephants up close and that we surely did - it's a beautiful sight - the elephants wandering and playing in the water and mud, old, young and lots in-between, many dozens of them. The scenery is wonderful - so good to get away from the busy roads in this sometimes chaotic part of the country. Really... More 

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Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This was our first jeep based safari type experience. As a lifelong birder most of the time I'm on foot. We had a driver booked as part of our tour and although efficient, once we had had time watching the elephants, he seemed keen to get out of the park as quickly as possible. On subsequent trips we insisted on... More 

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Hereford, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Visit here on an organised jeep tour! The scenery is stunning and you will see elephants in the wild. A great experience.

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Thank Naomi H
Colombo, Sri Lanka
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

One of the best places to see the Elephants in the world. The famous "Gathering" takes place during July - September every year at the Minneriya tank where you can easily see over 200 elephants, and at the peak, and if you are lucky you will see around 350-400 elephants...

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Thank ManojSanjeewa
Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We hired a jeep and started the safari at 1 pm. You have to cross dry and green (mixed forest ) to reach the open grassland and lake. By the time we reached at the beautiful landscape it was 2:30 pm and witnessed more than 100 elephants near lake. Some were eating grass some were playing with children and some... More 

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Thank Sahilban
Colombo, Sri Lanka
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The largest elephant family is a must see. There seem to be more discipline amongst the jeep drivers compared to Yala. You get to spend a lot of time without being disturbed. Better to take something to cover your nose as it can get very dusty during the dry season.

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Thank MiranFernando
Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

5m from whole herd of elephants! Wow! Experience of a lifetime! We were blown away by this, it definitely hit an item on my bucket list. Just so beautiful...

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Thank Fiona J
Groningen
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The park is beautiful and the herd of elephants that we saw was amazing. However, in no time there were about 100 jeeps chasing the elephants around. It felt more like elephant hunting than watching the animals in their natural habitat. The elephants got stressed and started attacking the jeeps. If the park would allow less vehicles at a time... More 

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Maroubra, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Heading into the national park to see the elephants at dusk bathing in the tanks was a wonderful adventure. We did not appreciate just how incredible this experience would be. We were mesmerised by the elephants at every turn. You simply must do this tour. Pack water, hats, sunscreen and mozzie protection. Most importantly take a good camera - you... More 

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Winnipeg, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Had the opportunity to stop here for the tour while on the way from Trincomalee to Colombo. We saw 4 groups of elephants around the lake with each group have at least 10-15 elephants present - and even a one week old baby! Drivers stay a reasonable distance from the elephants. However other than seeing the elephants there wasn't any... More 

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