Hurulu Eco Park
Hurulu Eco Park
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7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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  • Sheffview
    Sheffield, United Kingdom709 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Elephant trip
    We were surprised by the number of elephants that we saw here. The park is one of the smaller ones but the elephants roam free. We saw some on their own a family with a new born - about 3 weeks old and two smaller herds. The second one of around 11 elephants were almost in touching distance and carried on regardless of our proximity. A great trip out.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 15 December 2023
  • seema60
    Toronto, Canada964 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lots of elephants in Eco Park
    I was taken for a jeep tour in the morning to Hurulu eco park. It was a great experience. We saw lots of elephants at least over twenty. Since it was early there were only 4-5 jeeps in the park so it was fairly quiet. The road is horrendous but fun. I also saw some peacocks and an eagle. We climbs some big rocks where there were beautiful views.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 30 December 2023
  • Mark_Bath_UK
    Bath, United Kingdom203 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good for elephant watching
    Not recommended if you have a bad back as the roads are rough. It's closer to a theme park ride than a safari. However, we did see lots of elephants and in that respect, it outshone Yala. But Yala is a safer option if you do have a bad back!
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 19 March 2024
  • tezza363
    Melbourne, Australia185 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing Experience
    My wife and I visited today in a jeep Safari and it was one of the best experiences we have ever had in our years of travels. We saw around 20 elephants and up close. We went at 4pm in the afternoon. A nice relaxing time. We thought better than getting up so early..I would highly recommend it. Cost us 20k rupees for the two of us .
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 26 March 2024
  • manucanuck
    Hong Kong, China1,935 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Find a small jeep and you will enjoy your time!
    Noticed a number of posts commenting about not being able to get up close to see the elephant... i've had a blast mine was a small jeep we could get into the bushes easily, yes the road conditions are rough but it's a park i don't expect a flat road anyway. i saw at least 30+ elephants and at least 10 of them up close like within reach. It was amazing.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 15 May 2024
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Vicstix
Newcastle, Australia169 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
Originally we were going to Minneriya National Park,but was told it was closed?
When we first got in the jeep and started off it felt like everyone was in a race, jostling for a spot to see the elephants. At our first sighting of elephants there ended up being sooo many jeeps it was just ridiculous and really spoiled the whole experience. However after this first sighting the jeeps seemed to spread out and our next few sightings were much more enjoyable with only a couple of other jeeps or no one else.
We ended up seeing lots of elephants and it was very enjoyable watching them in their natural environment.
Written 30 April 2020
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DevonRed
Trusham, UK624 contributions
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Feb 2020 • Friends
Animals in the wild are an amazing site and none more so than elephants, so Hurulu is an absolute treat.

To start with, there is a little bit of gridlock as lots of jeeps go off into the park in search of elephants. However, the park is so big, you are quickly out on your own or with, at most, two or three other vehicles.

Then, if you are lucky enough to see elephants, your driver will get you close enough to see them eat and interact but far enough away to give them their space. Having said that, the animals are so chilled that they come pretty close and I defy anyone not to feel humbled and awestruck by these amazing creatures.

Despite being in a four wheel drive jeep, it does get a bit bumpy so be prepared to hold on tight on occasion.

You will need to set aside around three hours for your visit but it will be worth every single minute.

Highly recommended.
Written 7 February 2020
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philblume
Oakland, CA91 contributions
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Jan 2020
It’s not an Kenyan safari. It’s a drive with dozens of other vehicles fighting to surround a few elephants who are hard to see in the high grass. It’s elephants only and we got up close to them. It was sad as this was not nature in action but more of a drive around zoo. But, if you can’t go to Africa, then take the drive. $60 via hotel or $35 a person if you find one of many drivers around time.
Written 21 January 2020
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CheekyLondon
Southend-on-Sea, UK1,669 contributions
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Jan 2020
We had a great jeep safari in the Eco Park. We drove for quite a while in our jeep before finding the elephants but, when we did, they were very close and lots of them. Our driver worked tirelessly to find them and did his very best to get us close for photographic opportunities. And then, when we thought our trip was over, he came across some more! So the 3 hours or so we spent bumping around in the safari was well worth it! Apparently they have moved the elephants from the Minneriya National Park to this area because of the lack of water in the latter. There is a viewing platform on a rocky outcrop and this is good to climb to see an overview of the whole area. A very successful trip!
Written 2 February 2020
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Cedric H
Citta di Castello, Italy125 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Taking local advice on where the elephants were, we spent a beautiful afternoon in the Eco Park. Here the grass is tall and so the elephants are harder to see, and pop out of the high grass unexpectedly, which they did. Always take local advice and a fantastic experience is to be had, in a lovely landscape.
Written 14 February 2020
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Rizzo70
Lichfield, UK343 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
We had a great driver who managed to find a family of about 5 elephants with a baby and we had them to ourselves for 5 mins before any other jeeps arrived. We also saw more elephants and birds on the safari. There is a viewpoint too which has great views of the park. I would definitely recommend this park. We were told that roads at Mineriya were impassable due to water so we went here instead.
Written 7 February 2020
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Roger Wild
Canterbury, UK29 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022 • Couples
We spent around three hours in Eco Park on an afternoon tour and met our first family group of six elephants after just 30 mins drive.
The driver quietly manoeuvred our jeep into the scrub and the elephants just slowly wandered by only a few metres away.
Through the whole experience we encountered numerous other groups of upto 15 elephants in the largest group, just wandering through small clearings in the dense woods.
Our visit was late January so maybe we were fortunate as I understand they move between three different Parks throughout the year.
Written 21 January 2022
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Amy
St Helens, UK90 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Family
What a remarkable safari!! We saw so many wild elephants, mums and calves, we even saw a bull elephant walking down the main road back. Such magical creatures, our driver was brilliant he got brilliant spots and if we spotted anything he stopped instantly, 100% recommend visiting here
Written 27 March 2023
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The Travel Couple - Chathu & Ishanka
Kalutara, Sri Lanka1,640 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021 • Family
This is good place to spot wild elephants very closely. However most people visit either Minneriya or Kaudulla national parks. But in some seasons elephants migrate to this eco park. So best to discuss with your guide or hotel personnel to check which park to visit . This is located very close to habarana junction and you can get a safari jeep from habarana itself. Jeep costs 3500. Entrance ticket prices vary depending on the people count. For 10 of us it cost 1456.
We could see plenty of wild elephants during our safari. And one elephants tried to attack our Jeep. It was a thrilling experience.
However you will only see elephants here. It’s very hard to see any other animal here.
Written 6 April 2021
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rspartridge
London, UK3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
We saw dozens of wild elephants up close in the lush countryside with a knowledgeable and caring guide. The only off-putting thing is the dozens of jeeps like us all doing the same thing... we felt sorry for some of the elephants having so much attention from the humans. Nevertheless the scenery is stunning... exceptionally beautiful and the elephants are majestic.
Written 19 February 2020
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