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Minneriya National Park

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Price: 30 p.p. $
Contact Department of Wildlife Conservation
Udyana Mawatha, Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte. Sri Lanka

Tel: +94 11 2 888585


The Minneriya National Park is mostly famed for the large numbers of Elephants that gather here in the dry season, there are herds of 400 Elephants reported.
During the dry season from July to September the Gathering starts.

When water supplies start to diminish, more and more animals congregate around the Minneriya reservoir where the grasses are rich and fertile. They come from areas beyond Minneriya, at this period it is possible to witness up to 300 to 400 Elephants.

They gathering to socialize, bath, drink , feed and possibly mate.

The Minneriya national park is also important habitat for the two endemic monkeys of Sri Lanka, Purple-faced Langur and Toque Macaque.

Large herbivorous mammals such as Sri Lankan Sambar Deer and Sri Lankan Axis Deer also frequent the park. Rare and endangered species such as Sri Lankan Leopard and Sri Lankan Sloth Bear also inhabit in Minneriya. Minneriya is one of areas that the Gray Slender Loris is reportedly found in Sri Lanka.


Specific details

Opening Hours 6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Best time to visit July to September
Area 8,889.4 ha
Campsites Available No
Jeep Safari Available Yes
Entrance Tickets Required Yes
Restaurant Available No
Local Guide Available Yes


Minneriya , Polonnaruwa District, Sri Lanka



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