Famous for its chain of very distinctive, top luxury, high class eco-friendly tourists resorts, Habarana is a small city in the Anuradhapura District of Sri Lanka in close proximity to the famous UNESCO World Heritage sites of the Cultural Triangle including Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Dambulla, and Sigiriya. Popular with safari lovers, this beautiful tourist destination 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 one of the main attractions in this small city. Habarana is situated nearby to the ancient rock fortress and castle/palace ruin of Sigiriya and is situated on the main road from Colombo to Trincomalee and Polonnaruwa.
Besides the area has of Habarana having some of the best hotels in the country; the greenery and wildlife gives added value to the nature-loving tourist. Another important thing about Habarana is its unique location, it is very near to two world heritages sites (Sigiriya and Dambulla rock temple), two other world heritages sites (Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa) are only one hours drive and there are quite a few National parks near as well. So its a great location for history lovers and nature lovers. The Elephant population in the nearby national parks are not that used to humans, so it is a nice place to visit for people who are looking for seeing them in the wild (but don't get too close, the un-trained hurd of wild elephants can attack!). Habarana is a 4-hour drive from Sri Lanka's capital city of Colombo and a 3-hour drive to/from Kandy.
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