Minneriya National Park, Sri Lanka


Minneriya National Park

  • Category: National Park
  • Distance From Colombo‎: 190.6 km
  • Mode of Game Drive: Jeep
  • Main Spotter: Elephants
  • Drive Time: 4 to 5 H
  • Location: North Central Province
  • Availability: All Year
  • Txp: Van, Car, Jeep, Bus
  • Area: 88.89 km²
  • Best Time To Visit: May to October
  • Accom: Hotel, Bungalow
  • Elevation: 90 m to 150 m.. above sea level
About Minneriya National Park

Minneriya National Park is located in the northern Central Plains of Sri Lanka. While, July to October is the best period to visit the park due to the renowned gathering of Wild Elephant herds; also during the dry season – from August to September -, herds up to 300 Elephants are seen within a few square kilometres of the vast Minneriya Reservoir amidst the national park.

Moreover, this elephant gathering is a thrilling spectacle that will be remembered for the rest of the life of all those who are fortunate enough to witness it. Furthermore, the park is also home to 24 species of mammals, over 160 species of Birds, and 25 species of Reptiles. While Safari camping is an ideal way to savour the splendour of the location from one of the many spots available for such camps. You may select a tour from a wide range of tours or enjoy one tailor-made just for you.

Bring your binoculars for better up-close views of the Elephants!

What is The Best Time to Visit Minneriya National Park

It is possible to visit the park all year round. The best time to visit Minneriya National Park is in the dry season from July to October with its peak in August and September. The Elephants gather together more than 300 around the water reservoir due to the lack of water. Frequently, the males are only around during the breeding season in June – July.

What Animals Can You Spot In Minneriya National Park?

The Minneriya National Park is home to 24 different types of mammals, including more than 300 Elephants, 160 species of birds, 25 species reptiles including the painted-lip lizard, saltwater crocodile, Indian python, Asian water monitor, 26 species of fish and Over 75 species of butterflies live in this park as well!

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Did you know that
Sri Lanka’s is home to:

  • 92 species of mammals
  • Over 440 bird species
  • 242 butterfly & 117 dragonfly species
  • A 190 reptiles of which 98 species are of snakes, while the remaining are of mainly lizards, crocodiles and turtles
  • 102 amphibian species
  • 107 species of fish
  • 3210 species of flowering plants!
  • And much more!

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Frequently Asked Questions

When should I visit Minneriya?

July to October is the best season to visit Minneriya national park as you can see more than 300 wild elephants.

What kind of weather can I expect in Minneriya?

Rainfalls of 1,500–2,000 millimetres can occur throughout the year. During May it is decreasing rainfall while June to September is the driest months. It’s often overcast from June to August. The minimum temperature and highest of the park are 20.6 °C (69.1 °F) and 34.5 °C (94.1 °F) respectively.

How Many Days Should I Spend at Minneriya?

you’re better off going on a 4-5-hour morning and afternoon tour, to guarantee that you will see a lot of Elephants,Birds, Crocodiles, and many other animals at Minneriya National Park.

How is it like on a general Safari Day?

  • Suggested times to start and end Minneriya Jeep Safari are 5:30am to 8:30am during the morning time or 3:00pm to 6:00pm in the afternoon.

Do’s and Don’ts

  • Avoid wearing white and other bright colors while on safari
  • Don’t take anything from the park
  • Use water sparingly
  • Never leave your vehicle except at designated get off points where it is permitted to do so

Whisper at sightings, a loud human voice may disturb animals and cause them to charge their behavior and movements Be conscious of wrappers and other litter flying out of your vehicle Always keep children under strict supervision and never allowed to wonder away Never feed the animals and always keeps a safe distance from them

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