Book a morning or afternoon safari and meet your personal driver-guide at Hurulu Eco Park gate. Head inside (own expense), and board your private 4x4 for your safari.
Part of the Biosphere Reserve that is Hurulu Forest Reserve, Hurulu Eco Park boasts an average temperature of 80-82 degrees Fahrenheit (27-28 degrees Celsius), and consists of dense forest, brush, and grasslands. The terrain attracts an array of wildlife, including the threatened rusty-spotted cat, Indian star tortoise, and rare Sri Lankan junglefowl, but it’s best known for its endangered Sri Lankan elephants.
The elephants are regular visitors as they migrate between the park and its neighboring reserves of Kaudulla and Minneriya, so there’s a high possibility of seeing these majestic beasts.
Trundle through the grasslands and with luck, observe the herds that can number 30 or more. Sightings are more likely during afternoons, when the elephants gather to feed and bathe.
Watch for the park’s other, more elusive species, and birds like parrots and bee-eaters, and learn about the animals and flora in the park from your guide along the way.
Your 3-hour safari concludes back at the start point.