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Sunrise Safari

By Safari with Asanka

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You're an elephant fanatic! Spot the infamous elephants on their morning walk by the tank amidst other animals, led by our friendly guide keen on sharing his passion.


Less than 1 day
Private trip
In this 2.5 to 3 hours morning tour view the famous elephants as they graze on the grasses growing on the tank bed. One can see about 20% of the evening safari elephant population. You will have the opportunity to see birds, other animals like deers, wild rabbits, wild boar, grey langers, purple-faced leaf monk, fox and water buffaloes. Please Note as the elephants keep migrating between these parks, for better experience, the driver may take you to Kaudulla National Park in the same region without an additional fee.

Trip Highlights

Minneriya Water Tank
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What's included

From US$ 26.66 4,842.74 LKR per person
  • Private Safari Jeep
  • Professional Safari Game Driver
  • Entrance Fee
  • Jeep & Driver Entrance Fee
  • Park Service Fee + Park VAT Tax
  • Hotel Pickup & Drop off (Habarana/ Sigiriya/ Dambulla)
  • Food and Drink
  • Additional pickup & drop off charges may apply for Hotels in the area of:
  • Polonnaruwa
  • Anuradhapura
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Guests Accommodation
Guests Accommodation
Other Notes

For a better experience, it is recommended to enter the park early morning before other many jeeps arrive. Hotel pickups commence approximately 15 – 30 minutes prior to the start time of the safari. Kindly contact us to verify your exact pick up time.


Trips available daily
Feb 26
Feb 27
Feb 28
Feb 29
Mar 01
Mar 02
Bookings should be made at least 3 days in advance. View the full calendar to request other dates.


Please note that this is a sample itinerary and may be subject to change depending on weather conditions.
Day 1: Hotel - Minneriya National Park - Hotel
 Hotel - Minneriya National Park - Hotel

See mostly Birds like Peacock, Eagle, Pelicans, Parrots, Crane, Parakeet, Owl, Hornbill & etc. Also other animals like Deers, Wild Rabbits, wild boar, grey langers, purple-faced leaf monk, Fox & water buffaloes. View the famous elephants as they graze on the grasses growing on the tank bed.

  • 05.30 am: Pick-Up from your hotel or Main Entrance of Minneriya National Park or Habarana Junction. 06.00 am: Begin your game drive at Minneriya National Park. 8.30 - 9.00 am: Finishing time of your Safari.

Meet your guide

Safari with Asanka

Asanka is the most passionate guide, very kind and funny, and you can really see he loves and knows his job perfectly. He is well informed about the Asian Elephant’s behaviour, habitat, and their surrounding wildlife. Respecting the elephants, he does not drive too close and also tries his best to avoid the massive crowd of jeeps.
5 years experience
Basic English

What others are saying

5.0 out of 1 helpful reviews
Lisa a
18 Jul 2019 on TripAdvisor
We were really lucky that our hotel booked a safari with Asanka for us. We went to kaudulla national park since the elephant herds migrate between kaudulla and minneriya national park. We didn't expect such an in depth experience on our safari. Asanka didn't just show us the elephants of the national park, but all kinds of wildlife we never would have spotted without him, including water lizards, kingfishers, monkeys and so on. he also knows his stuff about the animals and taught us a lot. Asanka really took a lot of time to make sure we got a good look at the elephant herd and all the other animals. he also told us a lot about his little village near Sigiriya, showed us some Sri Lankan street food and just managed to provide a great experience. We highly recommend booking a safari with him, if you want a real wildlife experience rather than just racing from elephant to elephant taking some pictures.

Safari with Asanka Policies

Strict Cancellation Policy
As Safari with Asanka pays for your trip’s logistics in advance, you can only cancel for free within 24 hours of your booking, provided that this is at least 2 weeks before your trip starts.
Change of Date
You may also change your trip date once up to 3 days before your trip starts. Any date change are subject to availability.

Other Things to Know

Packing list for the trip
Cap /Hat
Drinking water
Light cool clothing

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