Minneriya National Park
Minneriya is located in the Cultural Triangle in Sri Lanka and is set around a large reservoir that serves as a watering hole for a plethora of mammals and birdlife. It is famous for seeing elephants in the wild, especially during the elephant gathering that takes place in August and September when 150-200 elephants converge here. Minneriya, Eco and Kaudulla National Parks are some of the best places in Sri Lanka to see elephants. Elephant sightings are consistent all year round, and during the dry season travellers can witness the ‘Elephant Gathering’, a recognised wildlife phenomenon which occurs when the watering holes dry up and large herds of elephants have to congregate around a single water source. Minneriya, Eco and Kaudulla are very close together in the Cultural Triangle and the elephants move freely between them, using corridors to migrate between the parks during different seasons. For this reason, we do not specify which park you will visit – your chauffeur-guide and the park staff will recommend the best park on the day of your safari, based on the movements of the elephants. As well as elephants, the park boasts deer, leopard, sloth bear and many species of bird, and is an important habitat for two of Sri Lanka’s endemic monkeys – purple-faced langurs and toque macaques.