Discover Minneriya Wildlife Sanctuary

Duration from Hotel : ~33 min

Distance from Hotel : 0.5 mile

Difficulty Level : 5

Nestled in the heart of Sri Lanka, Minneriya Sanctuary offers a captivating wildlife experience that is sure to leave nature lovers in awe. Located just a 20-minute drive away from Elephas Resort, this stunning sanctuary is home to a rich diversity of flora and fauna that thrives amidst the lush greenery of the region.

One of the main attractions of Minneriya Sanctuary is the annual gathering of the Asian elephants, also known as “The Gathering”. During this period, which usually falls between July and September, hundreds of elephants come together in search of water and food, creating an awe-inspiring spectacle that is truly unforgettable. The sight of these majestic creatures ambling through the lush greenery and bathing in the tranquil waters of the Minneriya tank is truly mesmerizing.

Apart from elephants, Minneriya Sanctuary is also home to a wide variety of animals such as sambar deer, spotted deer, water buffalo, wild boar, macaques, and many more. Birdwatchers will also be delighted by the large number of bird species found here, including the endemic Sri Lanka junglefowl, painted stork, openbill stork, and many other migratory birds.

Visitors to the sanctuary can explore the park on a safari jeep ride with the guidance of an experienced naturalist. The jeeps are specially designed for wildlife safaris and provide a comfortable ride through the rugged terrain of the sanctuary. As you drive through the park, you’ll have the opportunity to spot some of the most exotic and elusive animals in their natural habitat, while also learning about the fascinating flora and fauna that make this sanctuary their home.

For those who love adventure, the sanctuary also offers a range of activities such as camping, bird watching, and nature trails. There are also a number of picnic spots and rest areas where visitors can relax and enjoy a meal amidst the tranquil beauty of the park.

Minneriya Sanctuary is a perfect destination for anyone seeking to connect with nature and experience the thrill of wildlife encounters. With its breathtaking scenery, diverse wildlife, and range of activities, this sanctuary is a must-visit destination for any traveler to Sri Lanka. So why wait? Book your visit to Minneriya Sanctuary today and discover the wonders of Sri Lanka’s wildlife.