Hurulu Eco Park

Hurulu Eco Park, Habarana: Hours, Address, Hurulu Eco Park Reviews: 4/5

Hurulu Eco Park
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hers_07
Chichester, UK63 contributions
Dec 2021
We had a wonderful sunset safari tour. We saw elephants, horn bills, eagles and so much more. The guide stopped often to show us something he had spotted. We spent hours driving around, it was really special!
Written December 29, 2021
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The Travel Couple - Chathu & Ishanka
Kalutara, Sri Lanka911 contributions
Apr 2021 • Family
This is good place to spot wild elephants very closely. However most people visit either Minneriya or Kaudulla national parks. But in some seasons elephants migrate to this eco park. So best to discuss with your guide or hotel personnel to check which park to visit . This is located very close to habarana junction and you can get a safari jeep from habarana itself. Jeep costs 3500. Entrance ticket prices vary depending on the people count. For 10 of us it cost 1456.
We could see plenty of wild elephants during our safari. And one elephants tried to attack our Jeep. It was a thrilling experience.
However you will only see elephants here. It’s very hard to see any other animal here.
Written April 6, 2021
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Priyanka Samarakoon
2 contributions
Feb 2021
We were really surprised by the number of elephants that roam around there.There were many sizes of elephants from small to big.There were small ones with their protective moms.
I didn’t see any males ones but there were many females divided into groups.
Written February 2, 2021
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Vicstix
Newcastle, Australia112 contributions
Mar 2020
Originally we were going to Minneriya National Park,but was told it was closed?
When we first got in the jeep and started off it felt like everyone was in a race, jostling for a spot to see the elephants. At our first sighting of elephants there ended up being sooo many jeeps it was just ridiculous and really spoiled the whole experience. However after this first sighting the jeeps seemed to spread out and our next few sightings were much more enjoyable with only a couple of other jeeps or no one else.
We ended up seeing lots of elephants and it was very enjoyable watching them in their natural environment.
Written April 30, 2020
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SevenoaksSinjun
Sevenoaks, UK1,523 contributions
Mar 2020
This is a great national park with lots of wildlife. You'll tour the park in traditional open sided safari vehicles on dirt tracks, through scrub, open plains and water holes (watch out for spiky branches on the narrow tracks).
There are a lot of elephants here so you're guaranteed to see them, and quite up close at times. There are a lot a lot of exotic birds too, which your guide will almost certainly spot and point out for you. You may also see other creature, such as land monitors, water buffalo and wild boar. It feels a lot like an African game drive without the predators. Near the end of the drive, there's a lookout platform at the top of a small hill that you can walk up to if you wish. Altogether absolutely great fun. When we visited at the start of March, it was relatively quiet in the park, but this may have been due to the impending pandemic.
Written April 15, 2020
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Skeney57
Sydney, Australia21,139 contributions
Mar 2020
What at first resembled an LA freeway at knock off time and after hanging on for grim life & being bounced from pillar to post , it became worth while ! You need to remember to duck as the open topped & sided Jeeps go thru the scrub & under trees & low branches ad nauseam !!! After what seemed forever on dusty & hot tracks we sighted our first pachyderm and the flood gates opened. We watched single males & mothers & calves & family groups wander & feed in the wild. Very exciting and in some cases came nearly nose to trunk with each other ! I actually felt sorry for the Elephants at some stages as a sighting ended with up to 10 jeeps surrounding the prey ! Got to see many birds, peacocks & water buffaloes and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. The bruises on my backside proof of a rough ride but worth it !!
Written April 10, 2020
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Thom P
Bovenkarspel, The Netherlands446 contributions
Mar 2020 • Couples
Took a Jeep safari here and was not disappointed, came in the afternoon and saw lots of wildlife. Really recommend this park
Written March 12, 2020
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Kai Wah
Malaysia2,777 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
We wanted to visit Minneriya National Park to watch the wild elephant. Our guide/ driver told us that Minneriya National Park was flooded due to heavy rain. We then followed his recommendation to have our safari trip at Eco Park. Actually, we had a wonderful time at this park and managed to see quite a number of wild elephants in small herd including the elephant calves. There is a huge rock in the park where we climbed up (and can be done easily) to enjoy the greenery in the park where we could see some elephants from far too. We also saw a peacock and water buffaloes. Be prepared to get dusty due to the driving on the dirt road. There was a jeep which encroached to the young elephants that aggravated the mother elephant which turned aggressive as protective instinct for her loved ones. The respective jeep driver and guide were screaming and shouting trying to chase the mother elephant away which worsen the situation. Eventually, the particular jeep and tourist managed to escape from the mother elephant’s aggression, but the jeep was damaged by the elephant trunk and luckily there was no casualties in this incident. This gave a discounted experience as the elephants were kind of intruded which caused the ruckus. Additionally, there were conflicting information shared in TripAdvisor in term of the pricing for the entrance fee and jeep service. Hence, we are now confused if we had overpaid the service with LKR12,000 for 2 of us including jeep and entrance fee. Secondly, there was one sharing that the flood at the Minneriya National Park was a scam to bring tourists here instead. But there is no way to verify these information in the website and whatsoever. Our conclusion is that since we indeed had a good time, the rating should be 4-star minus the 1-star due to the confusing/ unclear pricing and information about the scam to detour the tourist from Minneriya National Park. Hopefully, the management should step in to clarify the confusion for all.
Written March 12, 2020
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aphector
High Wycombe, UK59 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
We were a little disappointed as we’d geared up for a visit to Minneriya park; this was ok and we did see several elephants very close up.
Written March 1, 2020
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leanne1812
Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park, UK238 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
We took a local tour guide & driver to see the elephants & other wildlife at Eco Park. I'd say the park itself may not be the best because of very long grass, lots of vegetation & not too many open spaces. Due to this it's hard to get a proper sighting & see elephants meandering along.

We did still see a few small herds with babies which the adults would crowd around to protect when they obviously felt under threat from many jeeps descending to gawp at them.

We also saw Eagles, many birds, water buffalo & a chameleon. The viewpoint your driver will take you to has a lovely panoramic view too.

All in all it was good but not spectacular.
Written February 27, 2020
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