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Habarana 4WD Drive Adventures

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Habarana, located approximately three hours from Colombo, is in essence a junction-town connecting UNESCO world heritage sites of Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa and Sigiriya/Dambulla on the cultural triangle. Habarana retains its rural, authentic lifestyle and a true paradise for the wildlife lover as an excursion to Minneriya or Kaudulla, elephants is merely a half an hour away.

Habarana adventures are an interesting mix of elephant spotting excursion in Minneriya / Kaudulla national park, jungle trip on a specially modified jeep, bird watching, a traditional bullock cart ride through the village into a typical rural dwelling of a local, to enjoy a cup of tea made the local way and served steaming hot. The adventurous to the core or the wildlife photographer/filmmaker or the layman enthusiast is sure to savour the rural out-back of Sri Lanka in our Habarana adventure tour.

A typical tour consists of a wildlife safari on a standard jeep into Minneriya/ Kaudulla National parks to witness the large elephant herds. The real adventure begins with you being transferred into the modified 4x4 jeep, which will take you off the beaten track into the wild beyond of Habarana. Hang on to your hats and camera while the this specialist 4x4 driver takes you on wild ride through the thick jungle to paddy fields deep inside the forest, climb into the tree hut which protect the crops from wild animals, then again journey through a ravine, slipping & skidding through the thick jungle, on muddy and ruddy elephant paths and along ancient lake bunds to a high boulder on the jeep, with the best views deep in the jungle. 

The highlights of Habarana adventure is getting to mingle with the local folk or joining their simple way of life with them on a fishing trip in one of the lakes on a local canoe, so abundant in the area. Camp out in the jungle near a small river and your guide will organize a BBQ under the stars, fall asleep in the camping tent, listing to the \"Habarana Philharmonic orchestra\". Get up to a \"piano concerto\" of birds and leave planning the next Habarana adventure.


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