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The Minneriya National Park, a wildlife sanctuary, is doubtlessly the most easily-accessed National Park from the cultural triangle and the Minneriya Jeep Safari is one of the most popular activities among travelers who visit the cultural triangle. The town closest to Minneriya National Park is Polonnaruwa.
The largest recurrent annual gatherings of wild elephants take place between July and September at Minneriya National Park. This gathering is listed by Lonely Planet as among the Top Ten wildlife spectacles in the world.
It is said that over 300 elephants may gather in Minneriya National Park. Nature lovers on a Minneriya Jeep Safari often spot large numbers of Sri Lankan Elephants gathering around grass fields on the edges of the reservoir during the dry season, offering visitors an unforgettable sight. These elephants gather to socialize, bathe, feed and mate.
Although the months in which the elephant gathering occurs offer the best experience, the safari tour of Minneriya National Park is a pleasing encounter any day of the year.
The park provides sufficient feeding ground for the elephants and many other wild animals, such as Sri Lankan leopards and Sri Lankan Bears. The wildlife here comprises of 26 species of mammals, 160 species of birds, 9 species of amphibians, 25 species of reptiles, 26 species of fish and 75 species of butterflies.
With enough space and shelter for them to carry out all sorts of activities freely, Minneriya Jeep Safari would be a valuable opportunity to observe unique and amazing wild animals in their natural habitats.
Minneriya National Park is located less than an hour away from Amaya Lake, one of our Sigiriya hotels.