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Elephants in Sri Lanka

The most loved mammal in Sri Lanka is the elephant, with an elephant population of around 2500 to 3000. There are several places around the country to see elephants, listed below are a few of these sanctuaries.

Elephants in Sri Lanka| Img via Nature Odyssey


Located in the south-eastern corner of the island, Yala is found 309 kilometres south of Colombo. The northern part of Yala borders the Lahugala Elephant sanctuary.


Located 182 kilometres from Colombo, Minneriya National Park is situated in the north central plains. This is the largest known meeting place of Asian elephants in the world. Most Sri Lanka wildlife tours, the likes of Nature Odyssey, include Minneriya national park because it’s a great opportunity for wildlife enthusiasts to spot elephants in their homes.


225 kilometres from Colombo is where you’ll find the Wasgamuwa National Park, which can be conveniently reached from several tourist attractions. Spanning over 36,900 hectares, the best time to witness the large herds of elephants is during the months of November to May.


The sixth largest animal sanctuary, Udawalawe National Park is located 180 kilometres from Colombo. You can spot elephants here throughout the year as they often roam in herds of up to 100.



Caleb Falcon is a travel writer who specializes in writing content based on the many exciting world adventures that await intrepid travellers. Google+