Hiriwadunna Village Tour & Minneriya Park Safari – Full Day Private Tour

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  • Tour the picturesque village of Hiriwadunna with a local guide
  • Enjoy a relaxing day in a location that is disconnected from all technology
  • Have a delicious and authentic Sri lankan lunch cooked in a village home
  • Experience travelling in a bullock cart, a walk amidst paddy fields and riding a boat across a man-made reservoir
  • Observe elephants, deer and other Sri Lankan wildlife at Minneriya National Park
  • An excellent bird watching opportunity


Meeting the country folk and the wildlife gives you a better understanding of the country which is why the Hiriwadunna Village Tour and Minneriya National Park Safari is organized. Visit Hiriwadunna, a village where trees outnumber people 1 to 100 and enjoy a trek across natural trails, a catamaran boat trip and a bullock cart ride. Then head to Minneriya National Park for a wildlife safari and a chance to spot a variety of animals and bird life.

Your day begins with a pick up from Habarana town at mid morning. You will then be driven to the trek starting point at Hiriwadunna Village where everything is laid-back unlike the fast pace of the city. Mount a bullock cart for a traditional travel experience that lasts roughly fifteen to thirty minutes through the rural village of Hiriwadunna across scrub lined mud paths and enjoy the cool breeze along with the spectacular views. Your ride stops when you see rows of colorful catamarans arranged at the banks of the artificial reservoir. Enjoy a boat ride across the serene water blanketed with lily pads. The local boatman will make a hat using a lily pad and a lotus flower which you can wear for the rest of your tour. See the views of Sigiriya in the distance and spot a few unique species of birds as the boat is being paddled across the water. Upon reaching the shore you will be escorted to the house of a village local where your authentic Sri Lankan lunch will be cooked from freshly grown produce. Climb a tree house which is used by the local farmers to keep a watch on their crops and scare aware any elephants that come to attack it. After that, board a tuk tuk and enjoy a breezy ride back to the starting point.

Your skilled safari driver will meet you at the Habarana town and take you to Minneriya National Park for a 3-4 hour safari by jeep.While in the park you might be lucky to spot the world’s largest assembly of elephants commonly known as ‘The Gathering’ at the banks of the Minneriya Reservoir. Other wildlife you could spot include deer, wild pigs, wild buffalo, grey langers, porcupines, leopards, purple-faced leaf monkeys and an assortment of birds. When your tour is complete, your vehicle will return you back to Habarana by evening. Detox from technology and enjoy the slow pace of a rural village with the excitement of wildlife sightings by booking the Hiriwadunna Village Tour and Minneriya National Park safari

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATIONHabarana or Dambulla or Sigiriya or Colombo
Tour Duration10 hours approximately (Transfer duration may vary based on pick up cities)
Hotel pick up and drop off from hotels in Habarana or Dambulla or Sigiriya Or from Colombo (Airport, Port & City Hotel)
Private jeep safari (Can Accommodate 6 guests), Tuk Tuk & VehicleLocal Guides & Safari Driver

Local Traditional food prepared at local house

Entrance fees to Minneriya Park (You may ask the Tours Manager to include based on your nationality)
Sri Lanka National Guide (Can be arranged)


  • The Tour fee included all service charges, VAT, Fuel for Safari jeep, Parking & Tips for Chauffeur. No Hidden charges or extra charges to be paid during the tour
  • Admission tickets to National Park should be purchased at the park’s ticket office upon arrival & if you have issues having local currency asked your tours manager to arrange the tickets fee. Tours Manager will manage locally & keep the fee with the chauffeur
  • The chauffeur & safari driver do not speak very good English to give a narrated tour, if you wish to have a private narrated tour request Arooha’s Tours Manager to arrange a national guide (Request should be made very early to avail the guide)
  • We will be able to accommodate the guests who wish to save transfer from Colombo to Habarana or Dambulla or Sigiriya along with theHiriwadunna Village Tour & Minneriya Park Safari. After  the tour the chauffeur will drop you in the hotel in mentioned cities



Pick Up

You will be picked up by a safari jeep from the Habarana town near the petrol shed at approximately 11.00 am and driven to the trekking spot in Hiriwadunna Village. The drive to the trek point is approximately 15 to 30 minutes long.


At At Hiriwadunna Village

Begin your Bullock cart ride across the village past paths bordered with medicinal herbs, shrubs, trees and various species of butterflies. Upon reaching the reservoir hop aboard a catamaran for a boat ride. Hop off at the bank and head to a local farmer’s house where your lunch will be cooked. You will also climb to a tree house which is used as a watchout point for farmers. Finally you will board a tuk tuk and transferred to the tour starting point where you will meet your safari guide.


At Minneriya National Park

Stand the chance of spotting many elephants, deer, leopards, wild buffalo, sloth bears and other types of local wildlife in their natural habitat or gathered around the Minneriya Reservoir. You can also spot birdlife. After your safari is over you will be dropped back to your hotel at approximately 5.30 pm - 6.30 pm


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