Minneriya National Park, Habarana

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#1 of 11 in Parks in North Central Province
National Park Wildlife Area
The largest known meeting place for Asian elephants, Minneriya National Park provides the natural corridor amidst tropical dry mixed evergreen forests that attract herds of these wild creatures. Observe the largest mammal as it searches for food and water while making its way to the shores of a rainwater reservoir. Bring a pair of binoculars to examine more than 170 species of birds, like the woodsand piper, rufus woodpecker, or the lesser adjutant. The wildlife reserve also harbors many endemic amphibians and reptiles. Remember to keep a safe distance from the mugger crocodile, regardless of its relatively calm nature. Temperatures in the park can soar, so bring extra water. Use our Habarana family vacation planner to add Minneriya National Park and other attractions to your Habarana vacation plans.
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  • With high expectations, we took off to see the elephants gather to drink. We were looking for about an hour and suddenly pulled 10-12 elephants down to the Lake to drink. So did 25 eager jeeps, several of which were so intrusive that the road to the water was blocked for the elephants. It resulted in the elephants became aggressive and threatened more by the nearest jeeps. It was a bad experience and the National Park should set a limit for how many there must come into the Park and especially how close you have to come on the elephants.
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  • Safari wasn't bad. In Sri Lanka the entrances to the sites, in general, are very expensive. Safari cost us 13500 rupees. We saw elephants, birds, monkeys and little else. Here it is very rare to see leopards. The jeep ride was very cool! What I liked least is that it is too crowded, a lot.
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  • A wonderful few hours which we won't forget. Great for children but make sure they are old enough to sit in an open jeep over rough ground. Our guide told us we had to be there by 2pm to get everythin...  more »

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