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Afternoon Safari in Minneriya National Park from Negombo

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With just over 30 square miles, Minneriya National Park is a thrill-packed alternative to the more vast expanses of other wildlife sanctuaries. A must see spectacle is ‘The Gathering’ where countless herds of elephants congregate near the Minneriya reservoir. This is believed to be the highest number of elephants in one place, which is why it is a sight that is not to be missed. The Gathering is also known as the sixth greatest wildlife spectacle in the world and takes place between July and October. Made of grasslands, thick scrub, and the wildlife that roam their particular territory, the Park is fed by its giant reservoir which is also its life-blood, especially in the dry months of June through September, which are the best times to visit. A diversity of animals roams within the vicinity of the reservoir, as food and water grow scarce elsewhere in the Park.

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Stop At: Minneriya National Park

Minneriya National Park is a national park in the Northern Central Province of Sri Lanka. This was a tank originally which was built by King Mahasen in third century AD. The area was designated as a national park on 12 August 1997, having been originally declared as a wildlife sanctuary in 1938. The reason for declaring the area as protected is to protect the catchment of Minneriya tank and the wildlife of the surrounding area. Minneriya National Park is renowned for its Asian Elephant population. Sri Lanka is amazingly lucky to still boast of possessing almost 10% of the global Asian Elephant population. Sri Lanka has the largest, predictably occurring seasonal concentration of wild elephants anywhere in the world “Gathering of Asian Elephants” at Minneriya National Park. This has been one of the most fascinating events in the international Wildlife calendar.

Duration: 4 hour