Minneriya National Park
Minneriya National Park
4.5
6:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Monday
6:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Tuesday
6:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Wednesday
6:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Thursday
6:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Friday
6:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Saturday
6:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Sunday
6:00 AM - 6:30 PM
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Minneriya National Park is a national park in North Central Province of Sri Lanka.
Duration: More than 3 hours
Meets animal welfare guidelines
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  • Rebecca S
    33 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fabulous experience
    Booked onto this safari as an extra one as it was recommended....it didn't disappoint. Loads of elephants here you are pretty much guaranteed to see something. Whether it's large herds, small families or single males they are massive, beautiful animals to take loads of pictures of from the open topped jeep.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 26 September 2023
  • Kerryn N
    20 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Incredible experience with elephants but more regulation needed
    We hired an open jeep and driver for a 3 hour tour through the park. Although the description of the park said there were lots of different types of animals we only saw elephants - which was an amazing experience! The day we went there were many jeeps. Unfortunately this meant that there was a frenzy to get close to the elephants and at one stage an elephant was clearly distressed at being cornered by the jeeps. Our driver was good and tried to tell other drivers to make a path for the elephants to cross but many drivers just wanted to get as close as possible. There was no sign of any regulation by park rangers - this is desperately needed.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 26 December 2023
  • Dr_Kippers
    59 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lots of elephants!
    If you want to see wild elephants, then this is the place. We saw over 70, and you would have to be very unlucky not to see any. However, we also had mixed feelings. We had a brilliant driver who kept a distance from the elephants and parked up in areas where he thought they would come our way, which they mostly did. Some of the elephants came very close to our jeep which was amazing. Other drivers were much less considerate and drove up to the animals. Some drive guidelines/training/regulation would be helpful to ensure animal welfare isn't compromised.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 14 January 2024
  • Matt L
    Dubai, United Arab Emirates19 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful national park
    This is a stunning place with a lot of elephants on site. We saw 15 elephants during the half day morning trip (unsure on the name of our company) but this is a beautiful place and we were advised not to visit as we were already booked to visit Yala but if you can afford to do both i would recommend it as the elephant encounters we experienced (i know this is not the same for everyone) was worth every penny. We and a number of our vehicles did get stuck due to the ground conditions.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 18 February 2024
  • traveller
    Sheffield, United Kingdom703 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Forget Africa and enjoy the Sri Lankan safari
    We had an excellent Safari with a young driver who knew the park and tried to find quieter spaces. I understand comments about the Grand Prix approach to the start of the Safari with so many vehicles but it’s a lovely park and one to enjoy. We saw dozens of elephants in several herds, including baby elephants, and the bird life was excellent too.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 March 2024
  • Nik_sing
    Hong Kong, China73 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An absolute mesmerizing!
    An absolute mesmerizing! Our visit to Minneriya National Park in Habarana was beyond extraordinary. Thanks to our expert safari driver, we had the privilege of encountering over 100 elephants in their natural habitat. From observing their daily routines to witnessing their playful antics, every moment was enchanting. Our kids were over the moon seeing so many elephants for the first time. This half-day adventure from Sigiriya is an absolute steal – unbeatable value for an unforgettable experience
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 3 March 2024
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Saachi Rajiv
Dubai, United Arab Emirates32 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Family
We visited on 28 December at about 11 pm with out two children aged 5 and 2. The safari drivers did mention that due to rains only a few elephants were sighted the previous day. After much discussion they still urged that we take the ride which lasted about 2.5 hours. The cost was about 13,000 LKR (5000 for the driver and 8000 for entry with taxes and rental for car.). Peacocks and butterflies were more commonly visible while an eagle and some other exotic birds in smaller numbers. Going one way (about an hour) was exciting though while coming back the same route was taken and kind of felt dull because we knew the elephants aren’t going to show up anymore. Initially I was upset for spending that amount and not having achieved our objective of seeing elephants but then their movement can’t be controlled by the authorities whatsoever. It’s part of nature and luck. Very unfortunate though we will try again some other time in a season which is more suitable.
Written 3 January 2020
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Peter M
Melbourne, Australia1,293 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Friends
This was very nice as the elephants were very close up and we had to wait until they decided to go. The park took a long time to go in and we only saw elephants by the lake and not much else but so many of them. It was not cheap about $US-00 and with all the jeeps there they made a lot of money that day!. The park only was designated in 1997 and before that was a wildlife sanctuary since 1938
Written 14 November 2023
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Debbie B
London, England, United Kingdom63 contributions
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You are guaranteed to see elephants ! But do you want to see elephants almost being boxed in by so many jeeps all fighting to get the best spot for their visitors ! A guaranteed good tip for the drivers.
The system needs to change . Timed entries might work to reduce the amount of jeeps at one sighting. The early sighting as you entered the park was the most crowded. I actually wanted to move on not hear a baby elephant calling for its mother as it had been separated by jeeps! Boy those elephants are patient.
Further in when the jeeps split off it was a little better.
Sri Lankan National Parks, protect your elephants if you want more tourists to visit.
I for one felt really uncomfortable and had I realised how crowed the elephants would be I would never have taken the trip!
Please please , time your entries, American parks are now doing that and they are so much better for both the wildlife and the tourist.
Your drivers are lovely and trying to earn a crust . I understand that but this practice is off putting.
I would not recommend this until things change.
Written 7 February 2024
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Anthony S
Brisbane, Australia1,866 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
Visited in a private safari Jeep and collected our guide at the gate. He was excellent and had a great knowledge of the birds as well as excellent spotting ability and he pointed out many species we would have missed without his assistance.

We spent four hours in the park and sited 42 species so an excellent result.
Written 5 August 2022
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gihe
Coventry, UK73 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
First off - a disclaimer. The national park is beautiful. But we went on a Jeep Safari with some company who's name I forget. And yes, we saw some elephants. There's something magical about seeing a family of elephants in the wild, munching on grass and seemingly at peace with the world. But then you zoom out and realise that you're sitting in one of about 20 jeeps, all crowded round the animals, trying to get closer while belching out thick diesel exhaust fumes. It was like being on the M25 at rush hour, just with a few elephants nearby. As I took part in this sorry scene, I felt a deep sense of shame and regret. Yes, I was a tourist and yes I was contributing to this. If you can live with that, then fine. For me, it's my last 'safari' - I'll watch the elephants on David Attenborough next time.
Written 16 May 2024
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Kerryn N
20 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
We hired an open jeep and driver for a 3 hour tour through the park. Although the description of the park said there were lots of different types of animals we only saw elephants - which was an amazing experience!
The day we went there were many jeeps. Unfortunately this meant that there was a frenzy to get close to the elephants and at one stage an elephant was clearly distressed at being cornered by the jeeps. Our driver was good and tried to tell other drivers to make a path for the elephants to cross but many drivers just wanted to get as close as possible. There was no sign of any regulation by park rangers - this is desperately needed.
Written 26 December 2023
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Dr_Kippers
59 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
If you want to see wild elephants, then this is the place. We saw over 70, and you would have to be very unlucky not to see any.
However, we also had mixed feelings. We had a brilliant driver who kept a distance from the elephants and parked up in areas where he thought they would come our way, which they mostly did. Some of the elephants came very close to our jeep which was amazing. Other drivers were much less considerate and drove up to the animals. Some drive guidelines/training/regulation would be helpful to ensure animal welfare isn't compromised.
Written 14 January 2024
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Nik_sing
Hong Kong, China73 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
An absolute mesmerizing! Our visit to Minneriya National Park in Habarana was beyond extraordinary. Thanks to our expert safari driver, we had the privilege of encountering over 100 elephants in their natural habitat. From observing their daily routines to witnessing their playful antics, every moment was enchanting. Our kids were over the moon seeing so many elephants for the first time. This half-day adventure from Sigiriya is an absolute steal – unbeatable value for an unforgettable experience
Written 3 March 2024
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Odyssey27286697394
27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
We had a private jeep safari tour organised by our accommodation (Sigiri rock home stay).
It’s a 30 min drive from sigiriya
Our guide picked us up from our accommodation and pointed out various wildlife including chameleons, cobras, eagles, water buffalos and peacocks.
The main event was the numerous elephants scattered all over the park in herds of varying size. We saw at least 100 elephants including baby elephants (some days old). They wander around and sometimes come quite close. A memorable trip.
At times, it felt like there were a lot of jeeps in the park, which was the only downside - but we were also one of them so can’t complain too much.
Written 26 June 2023
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ayodyahettz
Colombo, Sri Lanka2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
Spent hours in queue for tickets, can get extremely crowded. Safari drivers have little to no respect for both animals and tourists alike. As a wildlife photographer myself, I was very disappointed in how the drivers behaved.

Overall, park management is poor, too many vehicles gather in the same area as opposed to other national parks in the country.
Written 11 October 2023
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