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“You Know This Is Going To Be Good, But You Never Expected Anything That Great”

Kaudulla National Park
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Private Tour: Kaudulla National Park Safari
Ranked #3 of 10 things to do in Habarana
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 7 June 2018

We had been searching for these marvellous creatures for more than 3 hours. The scenery was a-maz-ing and the anticipation & excitement would grow more and more with every sighting of fresh poo, every footprint, every track into and out of the jungle and every broken branch or tree pushed over BUT there is nothing NOTHING that can top seeing a creature happy and safe, free in an environment it's so perfectly suited to whilst being surrounded by creatures of it's own kind. I have seen a few elephants in my time but I have never been so blessed to see them in a National Park and see them visibly happy.  And then when we went to another place in the park we got to see them come out of the jungle in numbers so vast I had never expected such a sight.  I could have watched them for hours.   Brought to tears I was.

A valid mention also goes to the water buffalo and bird life a-plenty.

Thank LilPikit
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"wild elephants"
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"elephant safari"
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"wheel drive"
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"sri lanka"
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"their natural habitat"
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"water buffalo"
in 28 reviews
"late afternoon"
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"the main attraction"
in 6 reviews
"jeep driver"
in 15 reviews
"painted storks"
in 9 reviews
"great afternoon"
in 7 reviews
"amazing experience"
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"beautiful birds"
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"large herd"
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"young ones"
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"bird life"
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"highlight of our trip"
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Reviewed 23 May 2018 via mobile

Place was teeming with wildlife... went late afternoon around 3pm.. we were driven in a Jeep. 3 hours just roaming around... be careful when u book. We knew we overpaid by at least 3 times. But the wildlife made up for it..

Thank WasPY6
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Reviewed 22 May 2018

Got to see lot many elephants. It was raining heavily and many safari jeeps around. we saw many elephants from close range.

a very memorable elephant safari. Enjoyed.

Thank 896sunilb
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Reviewed 20 May 2018 via mobile

Very nice trip to national park, almost four hours. I saw elephants, pickkoks, Egels, wild cows a lot of different birds. Yes it was very crowded almost 100 Jeeps was the same time in the park.

Thank AdamS900
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Reviewed 19 May 2018 via mobile

I am a single woman, which usually is no problem to travel. However, in this case, the guide was a bit weird and I almost felt scared at a moment when he stopped in the middle of nowhere (and no animals), and seemed to want to have a little break for no specific reason and to take some pictures of us, the car, etc. He could hardly speak a word of English and had no clue about wildlife.
The park is beautiful, but they use it as a 4x4 amusement park, destroying everything, driving everywhere.
Interestingly, it was not a sunny day and we saw only 1 elephant in the park. There were many other cars entering at the same time, but I am not sure where they went because we went around the lake without crossing path with more than 2.
The whole thing costed me $80 for 3h, from Habarama, and there was no way to discuss the price.

1  Thank Atecai
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