We at Minneriya Safaris are wildlife lovers. We breath, live and relate with the environment in every judgment we make in fact our organizational policies supports and help us to live in harmony with nature and the natural World.
Most importantly we offer a percentage of the profits to the National Parks to be used in its wildlife conservation efforts.
We welcome couples, small groups and big groups for sightseeing in any destination in Sri Lanka. All the tours are 100% privately arranged.
Our company has 8 years experience in Tourism Industry.
Minneriya National Park is a national park in North Central Province of Sri Lanka. The area was
designated as a national park on 12 August 1997, having been originally declared as a wildlife sanctuary
The reason for declaring the area as protected is to protect the catchment of Minneriya tank and the wildlife of the surrounding area. The tank is of historical importance, having been built by King Mahasen in third century AD. Elephants, which can number 200 or more, come to feed and bathe during what is known as ‘the Gathering’; and flocks of birds, such as little cormorants, painted storks, herons and large pelicans all fish in the shallow waters.
The dry season, from April to October, is reckoned to be the best time to visit. The park is a dry season feeding ground for the elephant population dwelling in forests of Matale, Polonnaruwa, and Trincomalee districts. The park earned revenue of Rs. 10.7 millions in the six months ending in August 2009. Along with Kaudulla and Girithale, Minneriya forms one of the 70 Important Bird Areas (IBAs) of Sri Lanka. The park is situated 182 kilometres (113 mi) from Colombo. The park entrance is on the Habarana– Polonnaruwa Rd. A visitor centre near the entrance sells tickets and has a few exhibits about the park’s natural history. The initial 40-minute drive (along a poor dirt road) into the heart of the park is through dense forest, where wildlife sightings are rare. But then the landscape opens up dramatically, and the views across the tank are superb. Early mornings are generally best for birds and late afternoon for elephants.