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Kaudulla National Park

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Anuradhapura Road | Galoya road, Kaudulla, Habarana 50150, Sri Lanka
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A safari in the Kaudulla national park in Sri Lanka is a bucket-list aspiration for many tourists, which mean the place is an absolutely incredible wildlife spectacle. Located in the historic city of Polonnaruwa in Sri Lanka, Kaudulla national park presents an ample of opportunities for travellers to spot majestic elephants in their natural habitats. In addition to the elephants, sambar deer, Sri Lankan axis deer, chevrotain, wild boar, Asian spoonbill, grey-headed fish eagle, painted stork and openbill stork are common visuals at the park. Aside from these, one could rarely capture the glimpse of leopard and sloth bear in the forest. Going on a bumpy ride through an evergreen forest of Kaudulla national park along the small trails is a great adventure, wildlife enthusiasts can’t say ‘NO’ to. The Kaudulla reservoir being the life blood to the wildlife of the park, attracts herds of elephants during the dry season from nearby Minneriya, Wasgamuwa and Somawathiya national parks.
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“jeep safari” (31 reviews)
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Anuradhapura Road | Galoya road, Kaudulla, Habarana 50150, Sri Lanka
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Reviewed 11 April 2018

Our initial plan was to visit the Minneriya National Park, but upon arrival we were informed that since it was the off season (Minneriya Lake is being filled with water for cultivation during this season and the elephants are migrating to the Kaudulla area temporarily),...More

1  Thank M_Weerakkody
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Reviewed 7 April 2018

Wow! We loved our safari here, we saw so many elephants and the park wasn’t busy. Our driver Chandla was fantastic with our son. An extremely memorable afternoon.

Thank bruisyard
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Reviewed 7 April 2018

We booked a private afternoon safari tour for two persons. After we entered the park we already met our first elephant, and not far from there we were lucky to see many small groups of elephants most of them had many baby elephant around them....More

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Reviewed 7 April 2018 via mobile

What a fabulous afternoon. Best to book a tour early afternoon as when we were leaving around 4.30, there was a massive queue of jeeps coming the other way, evidently to miss the heat. We did this through our hotel, the Vaana Resort and were...More

Thank Char L
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Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

Just breathtaking! Elephants of every size as far as the eye could see. The journey by jeep isn’t all that comfortable as the track leaves a certain amount to be desired but our jeep was skilfully and carefully driven and our backs survived the ordeal!...More

Thank Devonfan
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Reviewed 6 April 2018

Kaudulla was the first safari of our Sri Lanka trip. we met our driver and started the safari. the moment we started our jeep to leave, i saw 3 Malabar pied hornbills fly. the hornbills landed and we ran out of our jeep. the hornbills...More

Thank Murali S
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Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

We did an afternoon safari here and yes there were an awful lot of other jeeps, and it didn't feel like you were out exploring the world on your own or anything but seeing so many elephants in their own environment was amazing really great...More

Thank Cian C
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Reviewed 5 April 2018

You never miss a chance see hundreds of elephants during your visit. We didn't pre-book the safari. Our hotel " Wildescape - Polonnaruwa" arranged that. Best times for the safari is either early morning around 6.00 or after 1.00 pm. We reached their around 2.30...More

Thank Kanchana M
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Reviewed 5 April 2018

we have been in this park because it is very easy to watch free elephants. we were satisfied as we saw 50 elephants busy in their daily chores. even families with children. depending on the season you could be diverted to the nearby minneriya nation...More

Thank Patrizio L
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Reviewed 4 April 2018

We didn't pre-book. We stayed at Vaana Resort, a boutique hotel in Habarana and they organised everything. It was absolutely awesome. The elephants move from one park to the other and during our visit they were mostly at Kaudulla. Again, we got local knowledge from...More

Thank Teamdunn
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Depends how many you are. They took me on my own for that price. It is important to shop around and bargain hard in Sri Lanka.
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