Considered a top wildlife spot since the late 1930’s, the Minneriya National Park is ranked among the best places to watch wild Asian elephants during the Elephant Gathering in August. The park is also home to two endemic monkeys – the Purple-faced Langur and the Toque Macaque. Sprawled across 8,889 hectares, the parkland is home to herds of gentle giants and endemic wildlife species including Sri Lankan axis deer, sloth bears and leopards. Ideal for safari adventures, a visit to this expansive wildlife sanctuary is a must for all visitors staying at some of the hotels near Minneriya National Park.