Minneriya National Park


 Elephant family in Minneriya National Park
Elephant family @ Minneriya National Park

Minneriya National park is famous for watching Elephants and observing their behaviors. The area is under Higurakgoda division in Polannaruwa district. Minneriya park was declared as a national park in 12th August 1997.

Minneriya National Park
Wild Buffalo is enjoying an evening bath in Minneriya tank

You can reach Minneriaya national park via Habarana-Polonnaruwa road. The main entrance is located In a village call Ambagaswewa, just 9 km away from Habarana. This park covers an area of 8890 hectares of land extent. Other than elephants, this park is home for many water birds, dears, reptiles and monkeys.

Birds in Minneriya National Park
Minneriaya also a better place for bird watching

This park got its name Minneriya, because of the famous Minneriya tank, which was located by the park. This tank was built by King Mahasen during 3rd century AD and still provides irrigation lifeline for farmer community in the area. Same time this reservoir function as a wetland and help the regional biodiversity.

Minneriya National Park
Following their son's foot steps

Minneriya Elephant gathering
The shores of the Minneriya tank becomes feeding ground for elephants during the dry season. This incident considered as the one of the largest elephant gathering in world and sometimes exceed number of 250. Usually Minneriaya Elephant gathering happens between the months of July to October.

Minneriya National Park
Minneriya National Park

There are many jeeps services available for Minneriya wild safari tours and you can have an enjoyable time in a reasonable cost. Most of the hotels in the area coordinates these tours and please check with your hotel reception.

Elephants in Minneriya National Park
Elephants in Minneriya National Park

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