Join us for an incredible adventure in Minneriya National Park, where you can experience a mesmerizing elephant safari like no other.

Minneriya Safari

One compelling reason is that it boasts the largest gathering of elephants in the world. It is undoubtedly the best national park to witness these magnificent creatures freely roaming in their natural habitat, often in large numbers. During the dry season, which spans from July to October, the elephant population can reach staggering numbers, with up to 700 individual elephants congregating. On average, you can expect to encounter around 150 to 200 elephants during your visit.

Minneriya Safari

The Best Part?

The remarkable aspect of Minneriya National Park is that you can witness this grand spectacle of elephants throughout the year, irrespective of the season. Furthermore, the park ensures that the number of tourists remains low, allowing for a serene and tranquil experience. For the best chance to observe elephants, we recommend embarking on a late afternoon safari.

That's Not All!

Aside from elephants, Minneriya National Park is also an excellent destination for birdwatching. The early hours of the day offer a fantastic opportunity to spot various bird species. Additionally, you may encounter other fascinating wildlife such as sloth bears, leopards, crocodiles, endemic monkeys, and large herbivorous mammals. Rumor has it that the elusive Gray Slender Loris can also be found within the park's boundaries.

However, There's a Catch.

While spotting elephants is highly likely, sightings of other animals may be less common. But don't worry, we have an exciting offer for you!

Here's the Deal:

Plan ahead and take advantage of our exclusive offer! Book your Minneriya safari with us 14 days prior to your arrival and claim a fantastic 5% discount on the jeep fee. Don't miss out on this limited-time opportunity to experience the wonders of Minneriya National Park while enjoying great savings. Contact us today to secure your spot and prepare for an unforgettable adventure in the heart of nature.

Minneriya Safari


Safari Game Drive starts at 6 AM and will end's at 10.00 am, you will be picked up from your hotel in National park area at 5.15 am.

Minneriya Safari


Safari Game Drive starts at 2 pm and will end's at 6.00 pm, you will be picked up from your hotel in National park area at 1.15 pm.

Minneriya Safari


Minneriya national park is a distinctive park, full Day safari is not really necessary unless you are a hardcore animal lover, so contact us first.

What is included
  • 1: Free pick up and drop from Minneriya area hotels
  • 2: Park entrance fees
  • 3: Park vehicle entry fee
  • 4: Park taxes
  • 5: All business taxes
  • 6: Free guidance from Park ranger (Depends on Availability)
Animals can be seen in Minneriya National park


  • Monkeys, Purple-Faced Langur, Toque Macaque, Large Herbivorous Mammals, Sri Lankan Sambar Deer, Sri Lankan Axis Deer, Sri Lankan Leopard, Sri Lankan Sloth Bear, Gray Slender Loris. Fejervarya Pulla, Polypedates Cruciger,Painted-Lip Lizard, Lankascincus Fallax,Saltwater Crocodile, Indian Python, Asian Water Monitor, And Bengal Monitor.
  • Birds

  • Sri Lanka Junglefowl,Great White Pelican, Sri Lanka Grey Hornbill,Crimson-Fronted Barbet,Lesser Adjutant,Little Cormorants,Black-Crested Bulbul,Brown-Capped Babbler,Sri Lanka Hanging Parrot, Painted Stork, Spot-Billed Pelican,Ruddy Turnstone And Grey Heron,
Important facts about Minneriya
The annual mean temperature in Minneriya National Park? How hot is Minneriya National Park?
Temperature ranges from 20C to about 34C
When is the best time to visit Minneriya National Park?
The best time to visit is August to September and July to October is also fine
When is Minneriya National Park close? Will Minneriya National Park close for certain periods for the general population?
No, There is no schedule close.
How far is Minneriya National Park from Colombo CMB airport?
3 h (159 km) via Ambepussa - Kurunegala - Trincomalee Hwy/Ambepussa - Trincomalee Hwy/A6.
Does it need to pre-book Minneriya safari Drive?
Yes, you need to pre-book the safari drive.

About Minneriya National Park

Minneriya National Park boasts with elephants. The park's colossal man-made reservoir acts as a magnet for wild elephants, attracting them with its abundant water and lush grass fields during the dry season. This phenomenon results in the largest gathering of elephants in the world. From July to October, as the sun begins to set, these majestic creatures emerge from every corner of the North Central Province in Sri Lanka, creating a truly awe-inspiring spectacle. The best time to witness this unique event is during an afternoon safari when you can observe the elephants drinking from the Minneriya reservoir, engaging in playful activities, indulging in the plentiful vegetation, and even mating. As soon as you enter the park, it becomes apparent that the mighty elephant reigns supreme here.

Situated in the North Central Province of Sri Lanka, Minneriya National Park was established as a wildlife sanctuary in 1938 primarily to protect the Minneriya tank and the surrounding wildlife. Notably, the park's geographical highlight is the historic man-made Minneriya tank, constructed by King Mahasen in the third century AD. This reservoir holds a staggering 20 billion gallons of water and primarily relies on the Elahera canal diversion and the Amban River as its water sources. Minneriya Park is also recognized for its 70 Important Bird Areas, adding to its natural diversity. The park's ability to provide water, food, and shelter during the dry season makes it an ideal habitat for a large number of elephants and other wildlife.

Physical features

The park is located in Sri Lanka's dry zone, with an average rainfall ranging from 1,500 millimeters to 2,000 millimeters. The lowest recorded temperature in the park is 20.6°C (69.1°F), while the highest reaches 34.5°C (94.1°F). Minneriya National Park encompasses various types of vegetation, including grasslands, low-canopy Montane forests, wetlands, intermediate high-canopy secondary forests, scrublands, abandoned Chena lands, and rocky outcrops. The northeastern monsoon brings the rainy season from October to January, while the dry season extends from May to September.


Minneriya is home to dominant plant species such as Vitex altissima, Diospyros quaesita, swietenia, Berrya, Drypetes sepiaria, and cordifolia. Additionally, the Department of Forest Conservation has planted a few species, including eucalyptus and teak, in previously used chena cultivation areas. Other notable plants found in the park include crotons, Randia dumetorum, Calotropis gigantea, as well as grass species such as Ceylon date palm (Phoenix pusilla), Bambusa bambos, Panicum maximum, and Imperata cylindrica.

Embark on a journey with us and immerse yourself in the wonders of Minneriya National Park. Witness the majestic elephants, explore diverse flora and fauna, and create memories that will last a lifetime. Don't miss out on this extraordinary safari experience!

Ticket prices and jeep prices at Minneriya (Entrance fee)

Jeep fee for Half Day Safari is USD 45 - Jeep fee for Full Day Safari is USD 118 - Child age 6-12

Number of pax
Ticket price- Adult - (per person)
Ticket price- Child - (per person)
01 pax
USD 58
USD 15
02 pax
USD 41
USD 15
03 pax
USD 38
USD 15
04 pax
USD 35
USD 15
05 pax
USD 33
USD 15
06 pax
USD 30
USD 15