Elephant Gathering

August and November Minneriya National Park

The dry seasonis the best time to visit Minneriya. In August and November each year, Minneriya plays host to the famed annual Elephant Gathering, where herds of up to 300 wild elephants from the surrounding wilderness gather in search of food and water, making their way to the shores of the reservoir adjoining the Park. The remarkable gathering takes place every year, and is an entirely natural event.


Sri Lanka, an island in the Indian Ocean, is located to the south of the Indian subcontinent. It lies between 5º55' and 9º55' north of the equator and between the eastern longitudes 79º42' and 81º52'. Sri Lanka is shaped like a giant teardrop falling from the southern tip of the vast Indian subcontinent. It is separated from India by the 50-km-wide Palk Strait, although there is a series of stepping-stone coral islets known as Adam's Bridge that almost form a land bridge between the two countries.

Sri Lanka measures 435 km’s north to the south and 224 km’s east to the west, covering a total area of 65,610’s.

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