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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 LOCATION||Habarana or Dambulla or Sigiriya or Colombo|
|Tour Duration||10 hours approximately (Transfer duration may vary based on pick up cities)|
Local Traditional food prepared at local house
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.
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.
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