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Minneriya National Park

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Minneriya National Park is a national park in North Central Province of Sri Lanka. The area was designated as a national park on 12 August 1997, having been originally declared as a wildlife sanctuary in 1938. The reason for declaring the area as...more
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Habarana-Polonnaruwa Road, Habarana 50150, Sri Lanka
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Minneriya is renowned as a park in which to see elephant. We were lucky in seeing a large number around the open grassy shores of the eponymous lake. But beware! Do your local research before falling into the arms of the first jeep driver! The...More

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank Cedric H
Reviewed 6 days ago

It's nice to see elephants here, in natural habitat and not in "prison" but apart from elephants one can see very limited number of other species (not only for our trip, but generally that's what we have heard).

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank NenadR_Serbia
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was the most disappointing part of our Sri Lankan tour so far. Scores of jeeps kicking out fumes chasing the Elephant. No information given had no idea where we were going other than following other 4x4's .

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank Michael t
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Convoys of jeeps travel into the park in the search for wild elephants. Even though we were out of the gathering season, we saw several groups of elephants, including young babies, at very close range. It was fantastic.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Robyn-Wendy
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Took a safari from our hotel. Most of the vehicles have up to four seats, and there are loads in the park all it appeared searching for the same herd of elephants. It’s quite a physical experience as the dirt roads are bumpy, but well...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank andydJ7909PT
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We got see elephants close up but, in hindsight, would have passed this up and just done the safari at Yala National Park. Yala has a lot more to offer.

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank D5616TKdavids
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Relatively smaller national park in sri lanka. Can visit from Habarana or Dambulla. Large number of elephants (in hundreds) can be seen in the evening, specially during dry season. Birds can be seen in the morning. Lots of safari jeeps are available in dambulla and...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank prabuddhaa2017
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had pre-booked our safari and met the driver at 3pm. It was busy going into the park but the jeeps soon dispersed. We saw loads of elephants, peacocks and monkeys. At times we met up with other jeeps and there seemed to be a...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank helgre2016
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is one of three 'safaris' we did in Sri Lanka, and was by far the least enjoyable. It seems that there is little regard for the environment or the wildlife as a large number of vehicles thrash around a relatively small area. I had...More

Date of experience: December 2018
5  Thank X4087NYelainec
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

So cute! We run And run into The jungle to find elephant... And thanks to our guide, we saw Them!!!! To do!

Date of experience: January 2019
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Norma H
January 12, 2019|
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Response from Patrick D | Reviewed this property |
Minneriya is just as good as Yala, even better when it comes to seeing wild Asian elephants
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Andreanne L
November 16, 2018|
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Response from roshan2000t | Reviewed this property |
There are planty of safari jeep available at the place. One of them is Minneriya Safari +94776487757. You can contact cab service from Colombo to go there
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erandi1234
November 8, 2018|
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Response from bert391 | Reviewed this property |
Good time to get there around 2.00/2.30pm.
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Emily Manning
London, United Kingdom
Is this itinerary realistic? (5 Replies)
Hi all, Me and my boyfriend are going to Sri Lanka for the first time, for 2 weeks, in August. I'm struggling with the itinerary as I can't completely get my head around travel times, and prioritising all of the amazing things Sri Lanka has to offer. We want to experience as much as possible (wildlife, nature, history and temples, tea plantations), and would like a seafood and surf break on the beach at some point. The only limitations on the itinerary is that the stopover in Kandy...More
June 23, 2014|
Response fromSeekingPlaces|
Hi A couple of observations You will have only 1 full day in Kandy. Day 5 will involved a lot of driving ( assuming that you're hiring a car). And day 7 will have a few hours of train. There are Tea plantations around Ella. You will pass a LOT of "tea scenery" during your train ride. Arugam Bay to Uda Walave is one long drive. You can just as well do a Safari at Yala East. It's less visited than the main Yala block and close to Arugam Bay.
Louise B
Cambridge, United Kingdom
Feedback on two week itinerary in July 2015 (3 Replies)
Hi, I've done a fair bit of research about good places to go etc and public transport, but would really appreciate some feedback from those of you who have more of an idea of how reliable the transport is and how much time we're likely to spend in each place! Background: We're both happy with travelling around, but ideally aiming to spend two nights in each hotel. Like a mix of culture, scenery, relaxing on the beach time. Would rather travel public transport as much as possible to keep...More
January 19, 2015|
Response fromErikandSandya|
Hi Louise, Good homework and good questions! Small corrections: * 13th P'ruwa would be 1 hour by bus. But seeing your plans I suggest Habarana as base instead of P'ruwa. It has a railway station too (though probably you'd travel to Gal Oya by bus or tuktuk for the Trinco train unless there is a connection with proper timing) and you are at the base for Minneriya safaris. * 10th I'd do tea factory too, means less need in Kandy for that And answers * No indeed Minneriya would be enough...More
Rick I
Which route 2 week trip? (2 Replies)
Hello! My girlfriene and I are going to make a two week trip to Sri Lanka from the 27th of april until the 12 of May. We are trying to decide between to different routes that give us some beach time on the last few days. We are in doubt between going to Tangalle or the beaches around Trincomalee. Tangalle seems really nice, but we are not sure about the weather in May and we also heard a lot of great things about the east coast. We aren't surfers, so we don't need the best waves. ...More
January 12, 2017|
Response fromhemanthau|
After March South beaches are starts to getting rough including Tangalle. East coast is the beach option from May-Oct.If you are real sea lover go for east coast like Trincomalee (Nilaveli), Pasikuda beaches. In both routes touching Habarana so Minneriya/Kavudulla NP is OK (Mainly for elephants). UW includes in route 1 only. FYI please. BRgds