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F.A.Q ‘S About The Minneriya Elephant Gathering

You stare out over the big reservoir, a tranquil scene of flat, drying meadows and gently rippling water as the sun sets and the temperature drops. Elephants gently move out of the shade of the trees and into the plains toward the river, shimmering in the last of the afternoon sun as shadows begin to develop from the surrounding bush. These amazing animals congregate seemingly in all directions. With water as their sole objective, various herds are moving as one. As you relax and observe, the enormous creatures play, drink, and graze on the lush, green grasses that the receding water has uncovered. As you relax and observe, the enormous creatures play, drink, and graze on the lush, green grasses that the receding water has uncovered. Over 300 elephants from the North Central Province of Sri Lanka have come to live in this small, natural area during the dry season.

This annual gathering of wild animals is not a migration. You can be there to see this amazing spectacle firsthand. Herds travel as far as Kantale to drink from the Minneriya tank's lovely waters.Below mentioned are some FAQ about Minneriya elephant gathering

1. Where does the Minneriya NP situated??

January 25, 2023 | by Krishan

Minneriya NP is situated in the North central province of Sri Lanka.

2. Why does the gathering happen?

January 04, 2023 | by Krishan

The Minneriya elephant gathering happens in Minneriya National Park and this is one of the world’s most spectacular wildlife phenomenon. The Asian Elephants gather in large heard because of the dry season in Sri Lanka’s North central and Eastern provinces.

3. Where can we witness the elephant gathering in Minneriya NP?

January 04, 2023 | by Krishan

You can witness the elephant gathering in the Minneriya NP and you can witness the large herd of elephants gather to bath and gaze in Minneriya tank. Apart from the elephants you can witness huge flocks of water birds in the shallow waters.

5. Is the Minneriya Elephant gathering a migration?

January 04, 2023 | by Krishan

The Minneriya elephant gathering in not a migration it’s an annual get to gather of wild elephants from Minneriya and Kudulla area and some from as far as Kantale.

7. Can we get up close with elephants in Minneriya?

January 04, 2023 | by Krishan

Yes you can get up close and personal with minneriya elephants.

8. What is the best time to witness the Minneriya elephant gathering?

January 04, 2023 | by Krishan

The best time to witness the Minneriya elephant gathering is from July to October.

10. Apart from the elephants what are the other animals that you can witness in Minneriya NP?

January 04, 2023 | by Krishan

There are other animals such as spotted deer, Samber deer, purple face langur monkeys and macaque’s monkeys.

11. Why does the gathering happen?

January 04, 2023 | by Krishan

The annual gathering happens because of the drying water supply around North central province of Sri Lanka. The elephants gather around Minneriya tank to sip the sweet water of the tank. The receding water expose the sweet grass around the banks of the tank and this droves the elephants all around the Minneriya area.

12. How can a person can witness the Minneriya Elephant gathering?

January 04, 2023 | by Krishan

To witness the gathering you have to head the Minneriya NP and we can easily tailor this to your visit in Sri Lanka.

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