Things to do in Minneriya

Situated in the center of the cultural triangle of Sri Lanka, this national park is the largest known meeting place of Asian elephants in the world. This park is mostly known for its safari and the elephant gathering that takes place around the Minneriya reservoir. Together with the Kaudulla and Wasgamuwa national park, this park forms the elephant corridor. The elephants migrate to this park from Kaudulla and the Hurulu Eco Park in search of food and shelter. The best time period to visit this park is between the months of May and October. The Minneriya tank built by King Mahasen is a historically significant site situated within the park itself. With the intention of preserving the catchment of the Minneriya tank and also for protection of wildlife, this park was declared a national park in the year 1997. The vegetation of this park is formed of scrublands, grasslands, wetlands, deserted chena lands and rocky outcrops. While the main attraction is spotting elephants, you will also encounter a variety of other animals. This park is home to around 24 species of mammals, 9 species of amphibians, 25 species of reptiles, 26 species of fish, 75 species of butterfly and 160 species of birds. It is also a popular bird watching spot. The Minneriya safari is not something you should miss out on if you are in Sri Lanka. The Ritigala rock, the Pidurangala rock and the Minneriya tank are attractions nearby. It can be stated without a shadow of doubt this will be a memorable and an unforgettable experience.