Minneriya National Park, Habarana

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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. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Minneriya National Park by using our Habarana trip maker tool .
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  • A must-do! Our jeep driver was very good and we had it to ourselves so plenty of room to see everything clearly. Saw lots of elephants including two large herds with tiny babies! They were very entert...  more »
  • If all you want to see are Elephants this is your best shot. The vast open spaces makes going up to the herds really easy. It isn't a waiting game like Yala or Wilpattu. Theyr'e just out there in the ...  more »
  • Our elephant safari was booked at one of the many roadside vendors but ours came recommended by our trusty driver. The Mahindra Bolero 4x4 picked us up from our hotel and took us to the Minneriya Nati...  more »

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Staying in Habarana and going on day-trips to nearby towns and attractions has gained popularity, due to the development of numerous accommodation options, mostly upscale and mid-range. Relatively high-end, the lodgings in Habarana do include some budget-friendly choices, but you'll probably need to book ahead. Resorts, offering lodges and bungalow style rooms that boast verdant, tropical settings, are scattered all around the village and its surroundings.
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