Hurulu Forest Reserve
Cross THE HURULU FOREST RESERVE SEEKING OUT MASSIVE HERDS OF ELEPHANT
The embodiment of Hurulu Forest Reserve
Initially made as a biospher...
Popular for shielding elephants and evergreen backwoods.
Hurulu Eco Park is situated in the North Central Province of Sri Lanka. Visitors are indeed in for a treat of Sri Lankan culture and heritage, but they can also relish in the beautiful landscape and wildlife of Sri Lanka and its thriving eco system with a variety of creatures. Just outside of Habarana lies the Hurulu National Park, at the edge of the Hurulu Forest Reserve.
Close by lie numerous protected areas, such as the Ritigila strict nature reserve and Wasgamuwa National Park. This reserve serves as a natural habitat for the Sri Lankan elephants, and tourists can enjoy jeep safaris arranged in order to get an up-close look at these giant mammals. Tourists also have the chance of seeing other endemic animals like the Sri Lankan leopard and jungle fowl.
There is a dry spell of three to six months, from around April to September, but a visit excluding these months will be promising. With a jungle corridor connecting the Hurulu Eco Park and the two other larger national parks nearby (Minneriya and Kaudulla), herds of elephants are free to move among the three parks, so the chances of witnessing elephants are high for elephant enthusiasts.
The annual average temperature of the nature reserve is approximately 27.3 °C. And the area receives 1600 mm of rainfall annually. A distinct dry season of three to six months persists during the months of April, May, and September. The elevation of the area ranges from 90 m to 150 m above sea level.
Elephant Migration between Minneriya, Kaudulla, and Hurulu Eco Park
There are three national parks in close proximity within that region. They are the Minneriya National Park, the Kaudulla National Park, and the Hurulu Eco Park. All three parks are immensely popular among locals and foreigners alike for their large herds of elephants. Generally, each year during the months of July to September, large groups of elephants are found in the Minneriya National Park, and then they migrate to Kaudulla National Park during the months of October to November due to high rains and lakes getting filled up. Then the elephants move on to Hurulu Eco Park for the final leg of their migration during the months of December and January.