When one thinks of Sri Lanka’s national parks, Yala or Udawalawe may come to mind first, but Minneriya National Park is an underrated reserve that offers a unique and captivating wildlife experience that is unforgettable.
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The Gathering of Elephants
Minneriya National Park in Sri Lanka is renowned for hosting one of the largest gatherings of Asian elephants in the world. During the dry season, which typically spans from June to October, herds of elephants, ranging from dozens to over three hundred, congregate near the Minneriya Tank (reservoir).
While elephants take the spotlight, Minneriya is also home to a diverse range of wildlife, including leopards, sloth bears, sambar deer, spotted deer, and a variety of bird species. Birdwatchers can enjoy spotting eagles, owls, and aquatic birds in the park’s wetlands.
Beyond its wildlife, Minneriya boasts picturesque landscapes, with the Minneriya Tank as its centrepiece. The park’s mix of dry tropical forest, grasslands, and wetlands creates a beautiful backdrop for your safari adventure. Experience these incredible vistas with the knowledge of travel guides from Ceylon Tours.
Minneriya is not only a natural wonder but also holds cultural significance. The area surrounding the tank was once part of an ancient civilization, and remnants of this historical past can still be found within the park.