HABARANA

Habarana is a small city in the Anuradhapura District of Sri Lanka. The location has some mid-range and up hotels aimed at package tourists, and is a departure point for other nearby locations of greater interest.

Habarana is a popular tourist destination for safari lovers as it is the starting point for safaris in the nearby Habarana jungle and the Minneriya sanctuary which is heavily populated by elephants. Elephant back riding is also an attraction in this small city. Habarana is situated in a close Proximity to the ancient rock fortress ruins of Sigiriya and is situated on the main road from Colombo to Trincomalee and Polonnaruwa.

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.

 

PLACES TO VISIT

Anuradhapura - 65 km

Visit the countries oldest city dated back to the 5th century BC, walk through the ruins and discover the ancient remains of an old civilization, adorned with beautiful man made lakes. The area is plenty of species of birds and monkeys. It's in Anuradhapura where you can see the most historical tree in the world. It belongs to the 3rd century BC. The Bo tree is venerated by thousands of Buddhist all over the world.

Bird Watching

Bird watching is one of the main attractions of the area. One can observe about 150 species of birds of all colures and varieties. While you watch the roaming Peacocks, our guide will tell you tales of ancient times where birds of the land played an important role in day to day life.

Habarana - 3 km

The Tank, forest and the peaceful environment here is appreciated by any tourist who enjoys wild life and elephant safaris, birds and nature. Habarana is famous among tourists and locals alike because of the safari rides to the nearby Habarana national park which has a huge population of Elephants. And unlike in most natural parks in Sri Lanka Elephants here are not that used to humans so if you are looking for some excitement like being attacked by the elephants this is the place to be.

Nature Watch

The surrounding forest is an eco treasure house. The plenty of natural flora and fauna will keep you enthralled. For the bird enthusiast, this is a heaven. Take a walk down the nature trails and discover them for yourself. Nature Walks, Elephant Rides, and Horse Riding are the most popular activities which will be ideal to explore the Nature in this environment.

The area is surrounded by three nature reserves - Ritigala, Minneriya and Kaudulla. These sanctuaries are the shelter for hundreds of wild elephants, crocodiles, wild boar, peacocks, fishing cat, sambar, about 150 species of birds including number of endemic species and even the elusive leopards.

Sri Lanka Jungle fowl, Malabar Pied Hornbill, White bellied fish eagle, Grey headed fish eagle, and Sri Lanka Grey Hornbill can be seen in Minneriya & Kaudulla sanctuaries. Also these two parks are very famous to see the biggest herd of wild elephants in Sri Lanka.

Polonnaruwa - 50 km

Polonnaruwa is undoubtedly one of the major tourist attractions of the Sri Lankan cultural triangle. This marvelous ruin is now covered by the jungle and is beautifully located, along side the huge man made tank named Parakrama Samudra. The tank was named after the king who commissioned it and developed Polonnaruwa as the medieval capital of the Island in the 12th century. It is also one of the renowned archeological sites funded by UNESCO. Today you can visit the well preserved Hindu and Buddhist monuments that belongs to the same era, giving evidence of the proud local history. Do not forget to spend a few moments at the Gal Vihara temple, where you can see the marvelous Buddha statues carved in a single rock.

Rangiri - Golden Temple - Dambulla - 18 km

Dating back to the 1st century BC, this is the most impressive cave temple in Asia. It has five caves under a vast overhanging rock, carved with a drip line to keep the interiors dry. In 1938 the architecture was embellished with arched colonnades and gabled entrances. Inside the caves, the ceilings are painted with intricate patterns of religious images following the contours of the rock. There are images of the Lord Buddha and bodhisattvas, as well as various gods and goddesses.

Ritigala - 21 km

A famous archeological site known as a 'forest hermitage complex' situated about 21 kilometers from Surani Little Village, once it was a monastery for Buddhist monks. The area is a well protected nature reserve where wild life is plenty. It is abundant in wild elephants, leopards, bears and a large number of birds. When visiting you will discover the ruined lodgings of monks, ancient Ayurveda centers, water tanks and natural caves with Brahmin inscriptions from the 2nd and 3rd century BC.

Sigiriya - 5 km

Built in the 5th century AC, this magnificent complex of geometrically laid gardens, pools, and fountains (still working today) as well as oldest surviving murals of maidens has been a palace of the King Kasyapa. Built on top of a 200m high rock, the entrance to the climb once has been through a lions head. Only the huge paws remain today. Half way up the rock is beautifully drawn painted bare breast Maidens whose existence is still a mystery. Which should be the eighth wonder of the world, Sigiriaya, is a must see item in Sri Lanka. The occupation of the gigantic fortress ended when Kasyapa killed himself in a battle with his brother.

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