Best time of year to visit Habarana

Similar to Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa, Habarana can be visited throughout the year. But it is recommended to visit the city during the dry season (July through early November) where you can witness the spectacle of “The Gathering” where hundreds of Elephants have been travelling each year for centuries to the shores of the Minneriya Reservoir to Mate, Bathe, Socialize and Feed on the lush green grasses.

Habarana is a small town uniquely located right in the center of the Cultural Triangle.

The town serves as the ideal base to stay at when touring the Cultural Triangle (Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa & Kandy).

With a variety of hotels ranging from unclassified guest houses to Luxury 5 * Hotel chains, the thick forest of Habarana has much more to offer than just a transit location.

Whilst in Habarana be sure to go an Elephant Jeep Safari in the neighbouring Parks such as Minneriya or Kaudulla.  Enjoy an Elephant ride through the jungle and swamps, or set out on a bird watching excursion and a Bullock Cart ride in the neighbouring city of Sigiriya.


Tourist attractions in Habarana

  • Elephant Back Ride
  • Minneriya National Park
  • Kaudulla National Park
  • Hurulu Eco Park