The National Park is Located 190 kilometers from Colombo, and located 10km from famous tourist hotspot “Habarana”. The Parks is well known for Elephant Gatherings’ which might up to 250-300 elephants at the catchment area of Minneriya tank.
The Minneriya reservoir was built by king Mahasen in 4th century AD. When the water level go down, the elephants come to eat fresh grasses at the catchment area. During the season of high water level at the reservoir they migrate to Kaudulla National Park which is the other close national park in the area.
There are many more species can be seen including Srilanka leopard. Totally 24 species of mammals and 170 species of birdes, 25 species of reptiles have been recorded so far.