Minneriya National Park, Habarana

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#1 of 11 in Parks in North Central Province
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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  • August 18, 2017
    As a family of four we took a jeep with The Elephant Voyage from Habarana. They were introduced by our driver and met us at the park gate for an afternoon visit (we were staying in Polonnaruwa). Jeep ...  more »
  • August 18, 2017
    This was a 2.5 hour safari where we booked the jeep in advance which saved us Rs2000 to just showing up. Our guide knew what he was doing and took us to a place without any other jeeps around. We saw ...  more »
  • August 17, 2017
    Sad experience as we didn't get to see a single elephant in about 2.5 hrs spent here. Our driver picked us up at 6 am from our hotel in Sigirya in jeep and drove us to Guadala national park whereas we...  more »

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