Minneriya National Park and Kaudulla National Park

Minneriya National Park and Kaudulla National Park are two of the most popular eco-tourism destinations in Sri Lanka. Both parks are located in the North Central Province of the country and are home to a variety of wildlife, including elephants, leopards, sloth bears, and several species of birds.

Minneriya National Park is famous for its annual elephant gathering, which occurs during the dry season (June to September). During this time, hundreds of elephants gather around the Minneriya Tank, a man-made reservoir, to drink and feed on the surrounding vegetation. Visitors can witness this spectacular sight by taking a safari jeep tour of the park.

Kaudulla National Park is another popular destination for wildlife enthusiasts. The park is home to a large number of elephants throughout the year, and visitors can witness herds of elephants grazing and bathing in the Kaudulla Tank. The park is also a great place to spot several species of birds, including the endemic Sri Lankan junglefowl and the painted stork.

Both Minneriya and Kaudulla National Parks offer a range of eco-tourism activities, including jeep safaris, nature walks, and birdwatching tours. The parks are managed by the Department of Wildlife Conservation and offer visitors a unique opportunity to experience Sri Lanka’s rich biodiversity and natural beauty.

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