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Minneriya (Sri Lanka)

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  • Nature Reserve / Wildlife Observation / Safari
4 / 5 - One review
How to get there
A 6 km car journey from Habarana
When to go
All year round
Minimum stay
One day

Reviews of Minneriya

Emeline Mainy Seasoned Traveller
13 written opinions

The Minneriya National Park is a genuine pachyderm sanctuary located on the plains in northern Sri Lanka. It's the perfect place for lovers of elephants and wildlife in general. You can see elephants living in their natural environment.

My suggestion:
One of the female elephants in the park had been injured by a poacher and it's important to find out what it's possible to do. We were actually charged by this elephant, who was well known to the guides, who objected to us 'poaching' to take her photograph.
My review

When I was travelling in Sri-Lanka, I really loved this little Jeep tour of the National Park which is full of pachyderms which you can get really close to, much to our childlike delight! The animals live in complete freedom in this natural space, so there’s no bitter aftertaste like you get in some places where the animals are mistreated, plus the tour is very enjoyable.

The park is next to the road to Polonnaruwa, and it's fascinating to watch the elephants wandering peacefully along the edge of the road or crossing the tarmac to get from one side to the other. It doesn't happen often, but my guide said he is sometimes 'chased' by an elephant when he's driving. He told me that elephants can reach speeds of 40 km per hour over a short distance. Good to know if you find yourself chased by an elephant... 

Elephant in the Minneriya National Park
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