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Minneriya: Minneriya National Park Private Safari

Minneriya: Minneriya National Park Private Safari

With the grace of majestic giants and pristine tropical dry forest settings, Minneriya National Park is a perfect spot to spend a few hours witnessing one of the most astonishing wildlife spectacles on earth.  Renowned as a prominent stopover for wandering elephants searching for food during the August and September the dry season, Minneriya National Park attracts up to 300 giants from the neighboring national parks. Enjoy the flicker of monkeys swinging through the branches and search the forest for the sight of majestic elephants, leopards, sloth bears, mongooses, spotted deer, sambar deer, wild buffalo, porcupine and Indian pangolins. Do not miss out on this quintessential safari destination in a strikingly beautiful forest.

Minneriya National Park Safari in a 4x4 Vehicle

Minneriya National Park Safari in a 4x4 Vehicle

Explore pristine tropical dry forest settings on a guided safari through Minneriya National Park with hotel pickup and drop-off from Habarana included. See wandering elephants, spot swinging monkeys, and enjoy a view of the Minneriya reservoir. Meet your driver at your hotel and head to the Minneriya National Park. Enter the forest, and enjoy the flicker of monkeys swinging through branches. As you drive through the grassland, keep an eye out for the giant elephants who have wandered over in search of food from neighboring national parks. Search the woods for an array of wildlife, including elephants, leopards, sloth bears, mongooses, spotted deer, sambar deer, wild buffalo, porcupines, and Indian pangolins. Stop for a stunning view of the Minneriya reservoir before returning to your hotel.

From Kandy: Sigiriya, Dambulla and Minneriya Private Tour

From Kandy: Sigiriya, Dambulla and Minneriya Private Tour

Experience the ultimate Sri Lankan adventure on a tour of Sigiriya, Dambulla, and Minneriya National Park from Negombo. Travel in a climate-controlled vehicle with a licensed guide while exploring ancient sites and immersing yourself in the country's natural beauty. Your adventure begins with a visit to the iconic Sigiriya Rock Fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that dates back to the 5th century A.D. Enjoy stunning views as you hike to the top of the fortress, passing through ancient frescoes and mirror walls along the way. Next, arrive at the Dambulla Cave Temple, another UNESCO World Heritage Site that houses numerous statues and paintings depicting the life of Lord Buddha and his teachings. Admire the serene beauty of these sacred caves and learn about the ancient religious beliefs and practices of Sri Lanka. The tour culminates at the Minneriya National Park. Enjoy an open-air 4x4 Jeep safari in search of elephants, the park's most intriguing inhabitants. Get up close and personal with these gentle giants and observe the park's other wildlife, including a plethora of mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians. The picturesque landscape of the national park includes a beautiful lake surrounded by jungle, making this stop a wonderful opportunity to relax and unwind amidst the breathtaking nature of Sri Lanka. Fully soak in Sri Lanka's rich cultural heritage, history, and diverse wildlife before the end of your trip.

Wildlife Safari to Kaudulla National Park

Wildlife Safari to Kaudulla National Park

Embark on an immersive safari adventure through the captivating landscapes of Kaudulla National Park. As you venture into this pristine wilderness, your senses will come alive with the sights, sounds, and scents of the natural world. Your journey begins as you step into a safari vehicle, accompanied by experienced guides who will lead you through the park's winding trails. Keep your eyes peeled for the iconic sight of elephants gracefully moving through the lush vegetation. Kaudulla National Park is renowned for its large population of elephants, and witnessing these majestic creatures in their natural habitat is a truly awe-inspiring experience. You'll encounter a diverse array of wildlife species that call the park home. From colorful birdlife flitting among the trees to elusive leopards prowling in the shadows, every moment brings the possibility of a thrilling wildlife sighting. Capture photos of these magnificent animals and cherish the memories of your encounters with some of Sri Lanka's most iconic residents. Throughout your safari, knowledgeable guides will share fascinating insights into the park's ecosystem, conservation efforts, and the behavior of the animals you encounter. Learn about the interconnectedness of the flora and fauna in this delicate ecosystem and gain a deeper appreciation for the importance of preserving natural habitats. As the sun begins to dip below the horizon, signaling the end of your safari, take a moment to reflect on the beauty and tranquility of Kaudulla National Park. Whether you're a seasoned wildlife enthusiast or simply seeking a memorable outdoor adventure, this safari offers an unforgettable experience that will leave you with a newfound love for the natural world. After your safari, unwind and relax as you savor a delicious meal amidst the serene surroundings of the park. Reflect on the day's adventures and swap stories with fellow travelers, recounting the unforgettable moments you shared in the heart of the Sri Lankan wilderness. As you bid farewell to Kaudulla National Park, carry with you the memories of your safari adventure and the profound connection you forged with nature. Whether you're embarking on your first safari or returning to this magical place time and time again, the wonders of Kaudulla National Park are sure to leave an indelible mark on your heart and soul.

Minneriya National park safari with jeep & Entrance ticket

Minneriya National park safari with jeep & Entrance ticket

Your day will begin with pick-up at Minneriya head on to National park. Minneriya National Park is not just about elephants; it's a captivating landscape of rich greenery, open grasslands, and the picturesque Minneriya Tank. The diverse habitats provide an exquisite backdrop for your safari, making every moment a visual treat. While the elephants are the star attraction, the park is also home to a variety of wildlife, including deer, monkeys, crocodiles, and a plethora of bird species. The abundance of flora and fauna ensures that every safari is a unique and enriching experience Safaris are conducted in sturdy, open-top jeeps, guided by experienced naturalists who are well-versed in the park's ecology. These guided excursions maximize your chances of spotting wildlife while ensuring safety and respect for the animals' natural behaviors. For bird enthusiasts, Minneriya is a dream come true. The park hosts a diverse avian population, from majestic raptors to elegant waterfowl, making it a haven for birdwatchers. As the day unfolds and you've absorbed the incredible wildlife encounters and stunning landscapes, we'll conclude our adventure by safely returning you to your hotel or accommodation

Minneriya National Park Private Jeep Elephant’s Safari

Minneriya National Park Private Jeep Elephant’s Safari

Enjoy getting an unforgettable experience by looking at the elephants of Minneriya national park, Kaudulla national park or Hurulu eco-park for around 4 hours adventure from Dambulla,Sigiriya or Habarana. get a chance to enter inside of the wilderness to see the real habitat of wildlife that most famous for the largest elephant gathering of Asian elephants on the earth. This is the best opportunity to observe how elephants drink, feed and congregate with their herds and you will be able to see numerous species of birds, langurs, crocodiles wild boars. reserve your seats to feel the natural habitat of wildlife by thrilling in this game drive.

Colombo: 3-Day Cultural Triangle 5 UNESCO Heritage Site Tour

Colombo: 3-Day Cultural Triangle 5 UNESCO Heritage Site Tour

Day 1: Colombo-Anuradhapura-Sigiriya Embark on an exciting and very rare 3-day cultural tour of Sri Lanka's holiest, the Cultural Triangle. Get picked up in Colombo and head to your hotel in Sigiriya, Mihintale, Aukana Temple, and Anuradhapura, the oldest city in Sri Lanka. The first activity of the 3-day tour is the hop-on, hop-off city tour of the historical city of Anuradhapura. The tour covers a large number of historical places, such as Buddhist temples, dagobas, palaces, gardens, and other remarkable structures in the city that testify to the grandeur of ancient civilization. The city tour also includes the most sacred 8 Buddhist sites in the city, better known as "Atamasthana," Jaya Sri Maha Bodhiya, Ruwanwelisaya, Thuparamaya, Lovamahapaya, Abhayagiri Dagaba, Jetavanarama, Mirisaveti Stupa, and Lankarama. Later in the day, settle in for a good night's sleep at your hotel in Sigiriya. Day 2: Sigiriya-Polonnaruwa-Sigiriya After breakfast, leave for the Sigiriya rock fortress, home to one of the oldest landscaped gardens in the world. Your Sigiriya tour starts early in the morning, allowing you to escape the mid-day heat. Climb the rock and reach the summit to see the site of the king's palace, swimming pool, and king's throne. Soak up the breathtaking scenery from the top of the pinnacle. Later visit Pidurangala temple. Later, drive to Polonnaruwa and see the dozens of ancient temples, Buddha statues, and many other ancient structures built by ancient kings. Witness massive stone-cut Buddha statues, dagobas, an audience hall, and much more at the cultural museum of Polonnaruwa. Later in the day, go on an off-road jeep safari to see the great gathering around Minneriya Lake. Enhance your experience with a wildlife safari at Minneriya National Park. Spot wild elephants, bears, wild boars, deer, buffalo, monkeys, and maybe even a leopard. Stay overnight in Sigiriya. Day 3: Sigiriya-Kandy-Colombo Depart early for Colombo via Kandy, visiting a spice/herbal garden en route. In Matale, spices and herbs are used for Sri Lankan cuisine and medicine. Hear about this history as you explore the site with your guide. Later, visit Dambulla Golden Temple and Tooth Relic Temple, which are sure to add another level of sacrosanctity to your experience. Dambulla hosts more than 150 Buddha statues and a large number of ancient murals. The next stop will be Kandy City. Today, Kandy is one of Sri Lanka's most important cities because of the presence of the temple of the sacred tooth of the Buddha. Thousands of devotees visit this temple every day, making it the most popular Buddhist shrine on the island. Return to your hotel in Colombo.

Amazing Sri Lanka 3-nights tour

Amazing Sri Lanka 3-nights tour

Day 1: Colombo-Kandy Meet and greet a representative from Seerendipity Tours, then head to Kandy. En route, stop at The Royal Botanical Garden, is one of the most beautiful gardens in Asia and dates back to the 15th century. The travelers were able to witness thousands of exotic trees, plants and veins during the hour-long walk. Kandy Lake Club: Cultural Dance Show The Cultural Dance Show at Kandy Lake Club is a perfect opportunity to gain a comprehensive understanding of the diverse Sri Lankan cultural activities and dance performances, such as firewalking. Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic It is considered to be the most important Buddhist temple in the world. However, its reach extends beyond just Buddhists. Kandy View Point The best place to see Kandy's entire city. A beautiful view in the evenings. Overnight stays in Kandy Day 2: Kandy-Sigiriya-Kandy After breakfast, we drove to Sigiry and Dambulla, making stops along the way. Spice Garden: The Mathale area grows the best spices in Sri Lanka. We will guide you through the spice garden, explaining each and every plant and spice. Sigiriya The ancient rock fortress Sigiriya Rock Fortress is one of the most important things to visit or see on this tour. Minneriya Safari An off-road experience in the jungle: We will take you on a safari tour of Minneriya National Park. Sigiriya Village Safari: Hingula is a beautiful village in Sri Lanka. We will guide you on a tour of this village to gain a deeper understanding of Sri Lankan culture and lifestyle. They engage in various activities, prepare local cuisine, engage in agricultural activities, and so on. Dambulla Cave Temple is one of the most beautiful old temples in Sri Lanka. It's well known for its paintings. Overnight stays in Kandy Day 3: Kandy-Nuwara Eliya-Ella After breakfast, leave for Nuwara Eliya; en route, stop at Ramboda Waterfall A beautiful waterfall meets us on our way to Nuwaraeliya. Tea Gardens A beautiful place to stop for a good cup of tea. Gregory Lake This is the heart of Nuwaraeliya. This place has a colder climate compared to other cities in Sri Lanka. Nanu Oya Railway Station You are ready to start enjoying the beautiful, scenic train ride. Day 4: Ella-Bentota-Colombo After breakfast, head to Colombo. En route, stop at Mirissa Beach, Galle fort and Bentota Beach.

Polonnaruwa Ancient City Tour with Minneriya Elephant Safari

Polonnaruwa Ancient City Tour with Minneriya Elephant Safari

"Embark on an extraordinary journey: Polonnaruwa Ancient City Tour & Minneriya Elephant Safari Sri Lanka, a land steeped in history and brimming with wildlife, beckons you to uncover its treasures. Our Polonnaruwa Ancient City Tour and Minneriya Elephant Safari combine the best of both worlds, offering a remarkable fusion of cultural exploration and thrilling wildlife encounters. Polonnaruwa Ancient City Tour: Begin your adventure in Polonnaruwa, a UNESCO World Heritage Site celebrated for its rich history and archaeological marvels. As you step onto its hallowed ground, you'll be transported back in time to the days of ancient Sri Lankan kingdoms. Roam among the ancient ruins, intricately carved stone sculptures, and remarkably preserved monuments that bear witness to the island's glorious past. Our experienced guides will lead you through this open-air museum, regaling you with tales of kings and kingdoms. You'll visit the Royal Palace, where royalty once resided, the awe-inspiring Gal Vihara with its colossal Buddha statues, and the sacred Quadrangle, a spiritual center rich in history. Along the way, you'll gain a deep understanding of the art, architecture, and cultural heritage that define Polonnaruwa. Minneriya Elephant Safari: After immersing yourself in the historical wonders of Polonnaruwa, it's time for an exhilarating wildlife adventure. The Minneriya National Park, just a short drive away, promises an unforgettable Minneriya Elephant Safari. This park is renowned for its incredible gatherings of elephants, often called "The Gathering," where herds of these magnificent creatures come together to graze, socialize, and play. Your journey into the wild begins as you board a sturdy 4x4 safari jeep, accompanied by our experienced naturalists. They'll share their deep knowledge of the park's ecosystem and its inhabitants, ensuring you witness the awe-inspiring spectacle of Sri Lankan elephants in their natural habitat. As you watch these gentle giants up close, you'll gain a newfound appreciation for their beauty and grace. The Perfect Fusion: Our thoughtfully crafted tour seamlessly blends history and nature, ensuring you make the most of your time in Sri Lanka. We prioritize your comfort, safety, and environmental responsibility, providing a responsible and enjoyable travel experience. Plan Your Adventure: Whether you're an avid history buff, a nature enthusiast, or simply seeking an extraordinary travel experience, our Polonnaruwa Ancient City Tour and Minneriya Elephant Safari is your ticket to the heart of Sri Lanka's cultural and natural wonders. Book your adventure now and create cherished memories on this enchanting island.

From Habarana or Sigiriya: Minneriya National Park Safari

From Habarana or Sigiriya: Minneriya National Park Safari

Venture to Minneriya National Park on this jeep tour from Habarana or Sigiriya. Explore this wildlife sanctuary that is a a dry season feeding ground for the elephant population from the forests of Matale, Polonnaruwa, and Trincomalee.  Be picked up from the comfort of your accommodation Habarana or Sigiriya. Sit back and enjoy the countryside on the way to Minneriya National Park. Ride through the park with an animal tracker.  Try to spot elephants along the grass fields on the edges of the Minneriya reservoir. Look for herds up to 150–200 elephants. Drive along looking for endemic monkeys like the purple-faced langur and toque macaque. Let your guide help you to see large herbivorous mammals like sambar and axis deer. Have the chance to look for rare and endangered species like leopards, sloth bears and the slender loris.  Go to the Minneriya reservoir which is an important habitat for large water birds such as the lesser adjutant stork, the painted stork, and the spot-billed pelican. Enjoy birdwatching in an area where flocks of 2000 cormorants have been reported.  Spend time among the tropical trees, plants, vines, and grasslands. Return to your accommodations in Habarana or Sigiriya at the end of your tour. 

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We planned the trip just 3 days before and selected serendipity tours since their itenary suited us and also allowed us to modify it per our convenience. We got one of the best guide Mr Ananda Bandaras, who made our trip more interesting and comfortable. Though there were few hiccups, our guide and agency helped us get the best of it. We would definitely recommend to take up this package if ur days are limited .

My recent jeep safari in Sri Lanka was a wild ride from start to finish. With my own guide leading the way, we made a pit stop for fresh coconuts before diving into the park. The highlight? Spotting over 40 majestic elephants in their natural habitat! My guide was top-notch—professional, considerate, and even arranged a taxi ride back to Kandy for me. A must-do adventure for nature enthusiasts!

Amazing day out with Shan visiting Polonnaruwa and elephant safari. Shan was very knowledgable of both Polonnaruwa and the nature/wildlife that Sri Lanka has to offer. We also stopped off at other points of Interest whilst driving between destinations. I would highly recommend to anyone who is interested in doing this. The day was topped off nicely with a coconut.

Kenneth was the best guide!! He made the day amazing, he was knowledgeable. He made sure my needs were met & was so accommodating. He was very knowledgeable & navigated the roads really well! I felt very safe with him & had an amazing time thanks to him! Yes a hard worker, I highly recommend!!

Amazing day and tour. Our driver was exceptional and went above and beyond to give us the best experience. Sigiriya rock and the safari are a must!