Minneriya National Park Safari

Observing Wild Elephants at Eco park Sigiriya

Eco park Sigiriya

Eco park Sigiriya is an unpopular wildlife reserve for safari tours in the central province of Sri Lanka, which is located near Habarana junction as you drive in the direction of Trincomalee. One can reach Habarana easily along the A6 (Colombo-Trincomalee) main road. It takes nearly four hours for the journey from Colombo and the distance to cover is about 180 km.

Eco park Sigiriya is categorized as a dry zone forest similar to Minneriya and Kaudulla national parks. All 3 national parks (Kaudulla, Minneriya and Eco park Sigiriya) are located within the easy reach of Sigiriya and Habarana. Therefore these national parks are most visited by travellers, who come visit the cultural triangle of Sri Lanka.

sri lanka safari jeep, Eco park sigiriya

Eco park Sigiriya is a good alternative for Minneriya and Kaudulla national parks. Especially during the rainy season, a large portion of Minneriya national park is flooded and visitors have to find some other alternatives, due to the unsuitable muddy surface to travel in the park.

Eco park is the best alternative national park in a situation like this. Eco park is located in between the national parks of Minneriya and Kaudulla, therefore elephants and other animals also migrate to Eco park, which rarely comes underwater, when other nearby two national parks are heavily flooded.

Unlike most national parks in the country, at Eco park, travellers can’t see the water resources such as lakes and tanks, where the animals gather most. Maybe that is the reason, why the visitors have a very meagre chance of seeing animals other than elephants here.

In national parks such as Yala has a large number of lakes and waterholes within its borders and those water holes are the best spots for witnessing the animals, as animals gather into those places in search of water. At Eco park, there is no water accumulating places other than the stream that flows through the national park. The most valuable reward for the visitors of Eco park is the large herds of wild elephants and beautiful vegetation.

One needs to have a four-wheel-drive cab with plenty of ground clearance in order to travel in the park. Unlike Minneriya and Kaudulla, Eco-park has a very rugged terrain and difficult to travel. The muddy surface in some areas must be dealt with care due to the slippery condition.

Eco park is most popular to spot wild elephants. It is possible to witness more than several hundred wild elephants in a 2 hours safari at the park. The vegetation at Eco park Sigiriya can be described as very suitable for elephants. It mainly consists of various types of grass and bushes providing ample amount of food for hungry jumbos. Due to a very suitable living habitat for elephants, it is inhabited by a large number of big elephant herds. The vegetation at eco-park can be described as dry-zone forest vegetation.

Eco park is relatively smaller than the other nearby national parks of Kaudulla and Minneriya. Eco-park is 25800 hectares in extent.  Leopard, bear, various species of deer, crocodile, monkey, and several species of birds are the other most seeing animals here.


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