Asian elephant in Minneriya National Park, Sri Lanka
Minneriya National Park Safari
If you want to see an elephant in the wild, a safari in Minneriya National Park is an excellent option. It’s considered one of the best places in the whole of Sri Lanka to spot wild elephants thanks to the huge number of them that call this park home.
The national park is comprised of scrubland, forest and wetlands and it’s dominated by the epic and ancient Minneriya Wewa – a reservoir created by the Anuradhapura Kingdom. During the dry season – June through to September – the water source attracts the elephants who come to bathe, as well as flocks of birds, such as cormorants, pelicans and painted storks, who come to fish the shallow waters. But it’s not just about elephants and birds here. A wide range of animals including buffalo, crocodiles, leopards, sambar deer and toque macaques live in this national park.
On your trip you’ll board an open top jeep for the best animal spotting experience. You’ll take the dirt road into the heart of the park, through dense forest, before the landscape opens up. Pick an early morning ride for the birds and opt for an afternoon tour if you want the best chance of spotting an elephant. Be sure to pack sun cream, bug spray and hats as the jeeps are open and it can get pretty hot out there.
Visit one of the best places in the country to see wild elephants
Spot other animals including buffalo, crocodiles and leopards