Minneriya National Park
Minneriya National Park — located between Habarana and POLONNARUWA (4 ½ hours / 182 km. northeast of Colombo), the 8890 hectare Minneriya National Park is an ideal eco tourism location within Sri Lanka . The park consists of mixed evergreen forest and scrub areas and is home to the island’s favorites such as sambar deer, leopards and elephants.
However the central feature of the park is the ancient Minneriya Tank (built in 3rd century AD by King Mahasena). During the dry season (June to September), this tank is an incredible place to observe the elephants who come to bathe and graze on the grasses as well as the huge flocks of birds (cormorants and painted storks to name but a few) that come to fish in the shallow waters. It is reputedly the largest gathering place of Asian elephants in the world. The following tour companies provide guided excursions to this site: www.kashyapatours.com; www.srilankaholidayarchitects.com; https://srilankanislandholidays.com; www.ugaescapes.com; www.wildlifetourssrilanka.com;