Habarana is a tiny town of Anuradhapura District in Sri Lanka. The place has some mid-range and up restaurants targeted at package visitors and is a point of departure for other more interesting neighboring places. Habarana is a famous tourist destination for safari enthusiasts as it is the starting point for safaris in the neighboring Habarana jungle and the highly populated elephant sanctuary of Minneriya. Elephant back riding in this tiny town is also an attraction. Habarana is located on the primary highway from Colombo to Trincomalee, Polonnaruwa and Batticaloa, close to the ancient rock fortress in Sigiriya. The city’s population is anticipated to be 5000-10,000. The area has some of the best hotels in the country and the greenery and wild life has added value, making the location attractive for tourists.
ATTRACTIONS IN HABARANA
- JEEP SAFARI IN MINNERIYA NATIONAL PARK
This safari takes you on an exclusive journey through Minneriya National Park, famous for its elephants and wildlife. The two tour choices enable you to choose whether you want to watch wildlife during your morning and evening operations. If you choose the Morning Safari alternatives, your safari will begin at 5:30 a.m.; or if you choose the Evening Safari option at 2:30 p.m.
There are many kinds of soil and development in the park. Wetlands intermingle with agricultural soil and rocky outcrops, and forests stroll with scrublands hand in hand. This also implies that there are quite different kinds of wildlife and birds that reside in or visit the park. If you’re fortunate, you might see a crocodile or even an incredibly rare slim gray loris.
As you watch early in the morning, a small herd of deer can visit the Minneriya reservoir. If you plan your safari in the months of August, September or October, you may be able to see the elephant group called the’ Elephant Gathering’ with its collective number of more than 150 elephants in one location. It is said that the elephants come for this annual meeting from all nearby regions. If you choose the evening safari, which is the best time to see this park, at the end of the day you can also see the elephants taking their daily bath and watch the many distinct types of birds heading off to their nests.
- HIRIWADUNNA VILLAGE TOUR
Join this 2.5-hour trip for the chance to emerge in the true Sri Lankan village’s nature and culture. Start your tour with a Bullock cart ride near the pond of the village and you will experience a boat ride to the next side of the rural village. You can reach the village house after a brief walk in the paddy areas and vegetable cultivation. You can relax and eat a delicious Sri Lankan lunch or snacks in the village house. Then take a trip from Tuk Tuk to the starting point of the trip.
Complete package involves a ride on a Bullock cart, a boat ride, a visit to a village house, a local dinner or snacks and a Tuk-Tuk ride. Bullock cart is Sri Lanka’s first car. In the past, once renowned local royalty mode of transportation. Today, this car has become past-present coordination.
On the Ehelagala lake there is a catamaran boat ride. Next to the lake, which also overlooks the rocks of Sigiriya and Pidurangala, you will cruise to admire the incredible views. You can also join the Boatman if you are interested in rowing the boat. With his craftsmanship and creativity, the gentleman’s hat and the ladies ‘ lovely necklace, he might surprise you. The tiny town on the other hand of the coast will dock at the end of the Tour Boat.
You can watch a true village house’s traditional daily life. If a visit to the paddy field should not be missed, see a garden where endemic vegetables are cultivated. Climb the tree house next to the paddy field where farmers sleep at night and try to keep animals away from the paddy. You can enjoy an easy traditional lunch prepared by a lady from the village using hand-picked vegetables from the plot from the farmer. You can also see how a village female cooks a traditional dinner or a roti if time allows. After dinner there will be a little presentation of how to create a coconut leaves roof and how to use winnowing fan and traditional grinding stone to separate rice seeds from husks and straw.