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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.

What is Eco park Sigiriya?

Eco park Sigiriya is also known as “Hurulu park”, “Sigiriya wildlife reserve” or “Habaran national park” is a wildlife reserve located near Habarana on the A9 road. Eco park Sigiriya is a biosphere reserve since January 1977. The wildlife reserve is a habitat for a large number of wild elephants and therefore it is one of the best places to spot wild elephants on the island. Sigiriya eco park represents Sri Lanka dry-zone dry evergreen forests.

What is the importance of eco park?

Eco park considered being one of the most important habitats for wild elephants, hence it is one of the best places for Sri Lanka elephant safari. Eco park along with several other national parks ( Ritigala strict nature reserve, and Mahaweli flood plains nature reserves, Wasgamuwa National Park and Kahalla-Pallekele sanctuary ) creates a network of wildlife reserves and making a large extent of habitat for the wild elephant in the north-central province of Sri Lanka.

5 popular eco park safaris

  • One day Sigiriya, Dambulla and eco park safari from Colombo
  • One day Sigiriya, Dambulla and eco park safari from Kandy
  • Eco park safari from Habarana
  • Eco park safari from Dambulla
  • Eco park safari from Sigiriya

If you wish to take any of these trips please inquire through our email admin@seerendipitytours.com or call us on 07744400977

Other national parks near eco park

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 best alternative to Minneriya national park

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.

Flora of Eco park Sigiriya

The Sigiriya eco park is a well well-grown grassland with shrubs and occasional big trees native to dry zone of Sri Lanka. The grass can grow up to a few meters while thick shrubs are also well grown. The elephants are feed on these grass and the shrubs. Therefore wild elephants are roaming in the area very often due to the abundance of food. A similar kind of vegetation also can be seen in Udawalawe national park on the western province of Sri Lanka, which is also popular for spotting elephants.

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. Unavailability of water holes such as lakes has resulted through its elevation, the eco park is located well above the adjoining national parks. Therefore it is not coming under the water even in the worst flood.

How Many Days Should You Spend in Sri Lanka highly irrelevant, when it comes to planning a holiday package because even you plan for a 7 days Sri Lanka tour or shorter holiday package,

When is the best season to visit eco park?

If you go to Sigiriya in the rainy season it is recommended to venture on a safari at eco park Sigiriya instead of Minneriyna national park or Kaudulla national park. During the rainy season, a muddy surface resulted through the retention of water in a large part of Minneriya and Kaudulla national parks. Therefore the wild animals of Kaudulla and Minneriya migrate to the nearby Eco part, which has a dry surface.

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 Sigiriya- a place to see large elephant gatherings

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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