Every year during the golden summers, all those gentle Giants in the North Central province of Sri Lanka gathers up around the lush grasslands of ancient water tank, Minneriya, to sip the waters that’s left in the dried up water beds.
During the drought season starting from July to September, the Minneriya tank dries up flashing a fertile grassland for the neighboring wilderness. This is not a recent phenomenon, in fact this gathering has been happening for almost 2000 years.
The Largest of them all
The most magical and mind sizzling fact about the gathering is, that as the sun sets over the horizon, almost 300 elephants gather up to the tank beds not only to sip water, but also to play, socialize, bathe and even find their mates. Due to this, Minneriya Elephant Gathering is known as the largest Asian elephant gathering of the planet.
Ranked by Lonely Planet
The beautiful Minneriya Elephant gathering is known to be one of the most breathtaking wildlife experience by many tourists and nature lovers. Getting into a safari jeep, with all cameras up and ready, waiting for the giants to arrive at the grasslands, is a one-of-a-lifetime experience. Not to mention that Minneriya was recently ranked No.6 by famous travel magazine Lonely Planet in their guide to wildlife spectacles.
Apart from the Mighty Giants
The ancient Minneriya tank was built almost 2000 years ago, and the flourishing beauty has been spreading throughout the land ever since. Not only does it supply water to the elephants, but also to other animals such as Sambar deers, Monkeys, Purple-face Langur monkeys and Leopards who roam the wilderness.
The best time to Visit
Although Elephant Gathering is an annual occurrence, the mighty beasts arrive with the large herd during the warm summers. The best time to visit would be from July to September, when the North central embraces drought. Make sure to book a proper tour guide for this, to experience a hassle free, safe safari ride.
Lovable attractions just a few miles away
Mesmerizing Minneriya could be regarded as the ultimate wildlife destination, yet there are other places that deserves a good look-around while you are on your wild vacation.
If you are planning to expand your wilderness tour, note that Wilppattu national park is located close to Minneriya. Remember the cultural triangle is nearby too. Visit the ancient ruined kingdoms of Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa and explore the huge rock world heritage site, Sigiriya to have the perfect tour experience.
Meanwhile if the adventuring and wild rides are drowsing you, head towards Habarana, with its soothing nature don’t forget to grab a cup of herbal tea, head to an Ayurvedic spa, calm down your body and soul with a rustic array of relaxation.
Come join us and take a look at our Wild Sri Lanka packages that take you to the largest elephant gathering of Asian elephants the world, or just give us a call on 1300 675 574 or email us at [email protected] for that perfect experience.
Till we meet again