Minneriya National Park

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In Sri Lanka’s North Central Province, Minneriya National Park is a well-known wildlife sanctuary. The park, which covers an area of over 8,889 hectares, is well-known for both its tremendous biodiversity and the yearly gathering of elephants known as “The Gathering.” The park is also home to a number of other animals, including crocodiles, water buffalo, wild boars, sambar deer, spotted deer, and various bird species. It offers a rare chance to see these animals in their native surroundings.

The occurrence known as “The Gathering” is one of Minneriya National Park’s top attractions. Numerous Asian elephants congregate near the Minneriya Tank during the dry season, which typically lasts from July to September, in order to find water and graze on the lush grass that develops as the water recedes. Both tourists and wildlife enthusiasts from throughout the world are drawn to this amazing spectacle. Visitors to Minneriya National Park can take part in guided Jeep safaris that take them through the park’s several ecosystems, offering them to get up close and personal with wildlife and experience “The Gathering.” An understanding of the park’s vegetation, animals, and natural history is provided by knowledgeable guides. Delux Holidays is here to make your holiday to Minneriya National Park exceptional! Contact Tour Operator to Sri Lanka – Delux Holidays to visit Minneriya National Park.


While there are no specific age restrictions for visiting Minneriya National Park, it’s important for parents or guardians to exercise caution and supervision when bringing young children on a safari. The park is home to a diverse range of wildlife, including large mammals like elephants, and encounters with wild animals can be unpredictable. For safety reasons, it’s advisable to keep children seated inside the safari jeeps and ensure they follow the guide’s instructions throughout the tour.

Although Minneriya National Park is largely known for its amazing elephant herds, seeing a leopard there is a more uncommon and unpredictable occurrence. Leopard sightings are uncommon but not impossible due to the park’s deep greenery and the leopards’ elusiveness. Visitors who are persistent and lucky enough could see these majestic creatures prowling in their native environment. If seeing leopards is your main goal, you can think about visiting some of Sri Lanka’s other national parks, such Wilpattu or Yala, which are better recognised for having large populations of these elusive big cats.

To book a safari in Minneriya National Park, visitors have a couple of options. You can arrange a safari through authorized tour operators. Alternatively, visitors can opt to book their safari directly at the park’s entrance. It’s advisable to make reservations in advance, especially during the peak tourist season, to secure a spot and ensure a smooth experience. Regardless of how you book, a safari in Minneriya promises an exciting adventure through lush landscapes and the opportunity to witness the park’s incredible wildlife.

To help protect the animals and enjoy your safari, it’s important to be quiet and not make sudden loud noises or play music during your visit to Minneriya National Park. Being quiet lets the animals go about their normal activities without getting scared or disturbed. So, by following these rules, you can have a better chance of seeing and enjoying the wildlife in the park while also being respectful to them.

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