Minneriya National Park
"The Gathering" takes place in the dry season from July to October with its peak in August and September. They gather around the water reservoir due to the water shortage. The wet season last from October to January.
In the late afternoon, it is less busy; fewer off-road cars.
Declared as a National Park in 1997 to protect the water reservoir and the wildlife of the area. Minneriya is famous for the largest gathering of Indian elephants. They gather in numbers of about 200 up to 300 at peak times during the dry season. They come to the region to feed and mate at an ancient water reservoir built by a king in the third century.
If you visit Sri Lanka at another time of the year, you can spot elephants the entire year in Udawalawe, Kaudulla, and Yala.