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Chances are, you haven't heard of Habarana. Although the town is of little interest itself, it serves as a gateway to Sri Lanka’s wildlife-rich parks and other major attractions in the famous Cultural Triangle. Whether you’re climbing to the top of an ancient rock fortress, spotting wild animals on the back of a 4x4 or exploring the dimly-lit crevices of a cave temple, plenty of exciting experiences lie just around the corner.
Thanks to the abundant jungle and grasslands that surround Habarana, the town is a handy departure point for safaris to Minneriya National Park. It’s here where you’ll have the chance to witness one of Sri Lanka’s greatest natural spectacles - herds of elephants migrating across the island. The park is home to a whole host of other exotic mammals, birds and plant life too. It really is a wildlife-lovers haven.
If it’s ancient civilisations and archaeological wonders you’re in to, you’re in luck. Habarana is also a popular jumping off point for excursions to the famous Sigiriya Rock fortress. Rising dramatically out of the jungle-clad plains, the UNESCO-listed citadel is a breathtaking sight to behold. The nearby Dambulla Cave Temples are equally impressive and one of the best-preserved examples of Sri Lanka’s religious art.
So whether you’re a nature-enthusiast or you’re keen to discover more about Sri Lanka’s fascinating history and culture, Habarana is the place to stay.
Aside from sleeping and eating, you probably won’t be spending too much time in Habarana itself. Most visitors make a beeline for the surrounding national parks and attractions - and it’s not difficult to see why.
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The Dambulla Cave Temple is one of island’s most visited attractions. Inside five sacred sanctuaries lies some of the country's most impressive religious art - we’re talking more than 150 ancient Buddha statues and colourful paintings covering every inch of the cave wall. These shrines have a strong spiritual presence that needs to be experienced to be fully appreciated. If this hasn’t roused your curiosity, nothing will.Discover more
Located in Sri Lanka’s Cultural Triangle, Minneriya National Park is a natural sanctuary of evergreen forests, lush grasslands and swampy wetlands. The focal point is the sparkling water tank, built by the great King Mahasen in 3rd century AD. While the scenery definitely has the wow-factor, the star attraction is the elephants.Discover more
It’s one of the country’s most awe-inspiring sights and attracts flocks of visitors every day to gaze upon the 200-metre high rock rising majestically from the jungle. At the flat-topped summit lies an unexpected enigma - the remnants of an ancient sky palace. There are some amazing views too, but you’ll have to break a sweat and scale a series of steep staircases first.Discover more
Habarana holidays are all about outdoor adventures, so make sure you bring your hiking boots with you. Why not check out some of our blogs for more ideas on how you can make the most of your trip.
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