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Minneriya National Park

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Address: Habarana-Polonnaruwa Road, Habarana, Sri Lanka
Phone Number: 94777065438
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Private Day Trip to Sigiriya and Minneriya from Kandy
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A beautiful park to visit in the summer

It doesn't immediately hit you, as you gradually see the elephants groups come to the water by groups of 5 to 20, but soon you can make out more than a hundred elephants... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Jocelyn N
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Toulouse
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is NOT a 'safari' experience. It starts with a convoy of dozens of vehicles driving nose-to-tail through each other's dust into the park. When the elephants appear, they are soon surrounded by so many Toyotas that it's difficult to make out the animals through the traffic jam. Then the jockeying for position begins, again hardly conducive to a 'wildlife... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

It doesn't immediately hit you, as you gradually see the elephants groups come to the water by groups of 5 to 20, but soon you can make out more than a hundred elephants, dominating a landscape filled with water buffaloes and dozens of wetland bird species. Minneriya is certainly worth coupling with the neighbouring cultural triangle highlight of Polonnaruwa. The... More 

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Bangkok, Thailand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This was a beautiful safari and we were very amazed to see so many elephants in such a short span. Over 150 I assume. But, what I didn't like was that there were sooooo many jeeps and people, and they go REALLY close to the elephants. Can't be good for the people and the elephants. Definitely not a socially/environmentally responsible... More 

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Thank Shayan N
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Had an eventful time checking out elephants, water buffalo, lazy crocodiles and numerous bird species in this safari. Main focus is on the elephants gathering at the pond size in the late evening. To make it more interesting for us, we saw a male elephant in heat pursuing a female elephant for copulation. Alas, all his efforts came to nought.... More 

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

On the plus side we went for the late afternoon gathering and boy were there elephants. Hundreds, amazing to see them all. Also monkeys, buffalo, jackals and lots of birds seen. Here is the downside as a caution. You will not be the only jeep. It was very busy. You have to stand in the jeep to get a view.... More 

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Rome, Italy
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Great place to see tons of elephants. There are also peacocks and various birds. Be prepared to see a large number of jeeps lined up to watch the elephants.

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Thank 0mMMmmMMm0
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

you need to be lucky to get a experienced driver who will take you away from the crowd and show you all that the park can offer

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Thank Rome_peter
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We were lucky enough to see about 150-200 elephants on our safari. It seems that taking the advice of a guide about what time of day and which park to visit is essential to ensuring a good safari. We were advised 3pm onwards was ideal - it was for us.

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We added this safari into our tour as we were told this was a good time to see Elephants. We were lucky and saw over 100 at one time. Wildlife was less varied than at Yala which we also visited. The tour lasted a couple of hours and our Jeep did not have a covered top so sunscreen and a... More 

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Delft, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We went to the park with the idea that we might see some elephants. We saw at least 150, in big and smaller groups. We saw them with and without tusks, small ones and big ones and we saw them bathing. It was so much that after one hour one of the kids told the driver to just pass the... More 

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