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Elephant safari in Sri Lanka offers once in a lifetime experience for tourists
For tourists from big cities of Asian countries and from Western countries, the 'Elephant Back Safari' in Sri Lanka can be both an adventurous as well as joyful or thrilling experience.

However, the added attraction in Sri Lanka is many elephant safaris are at closer to the cultural attractions and the plain terrain rich with bird life, write my kin who are on a two-week tour of the country.

Habarana Elephant Park, Yala National Park, Minneriya National Park, Kaudulla National Park and Yala National Park the most popular area for Elephant Back Safari. However, most tourist head for Yala National Park which is just about 200 kilometres from Colombo.

Moreover, since Habarana is centrally located as part of the cultural triangle of Sri Lanka, it attracts many culture tourists, wildlife enthusiasts and nature tourists. The terrain of the area is also full of irrigation reservoirs and waterways where one can see the elephants wading through or swimming.

But the safaris would take you over the main road, pathways, villages, bushes, groves, jungles, swamp and river banks, I have been told.

The Elephant Back Safaris provide view of wildlife from the back of an elephant also offer a unique opportunity to share a day in the life of elephants by bathing with them along grooming and feeding them. One can study the animal behaviour by observing their moods and activities. It is said that the best period for Elephant Back Safaris at Habarana is during March to July. During this period, the water level of the river is just right to ride the elephant and wade through water.

According to the visitors, the Sri Lankan Elephant Back Safaris are accompanied by the mahout and the tourists sit on a covered wooden saddle that can carry up to four passengers. At time, in a wildlife safari, one has to be on alert to stoop down to avoid being knocked by branches of trees along the path.

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