Located between Sigiriya and Polonnaruwa the 8890 hectares of Minneriya National Park is an ideal eco-tourism location in Sri Lanka . The park consists of mixed evergreen forest and scrub areas and is home to Sri Lanka’s favourites such as Sambar deer, leopards and elephants.
However the central feature of the park is the ancient man-made lake, Minneriya Tank -built in 3rd century AD by King Mahasena. During the dry season this tank is an incredible place to observe the elephants that come to bathe and graze on the grass as well as the huge flocks of birds (cormorants and painted storks to name but a few) that come to fish in the shallow waters.
Experience it with the the jeep safari.
Making your way through the park, you will see elephants, Spotted Deer and also the Sambar, which is a deer with no spots and an apt scientific name, carves unicolor. If you’re lucky, a leopard looking for food might cross your path.