Minneriya National Park

Minneriya National Park was designated a national park in 1997, having originally been declared a wildlife sanctuary in 1938. The Minneriya tank, a man made reservoir, contributes to the abundance of wildlife in the area, sustaining large populations of elephants in particular. 
This is one of the easiest spots in Sri Lanka to spot wild elephant herds as elephants from the forest of Malate, Polonnaruwa and Trincomalee gather at Minneriya during the dry season (July to October). Elephants gathered here usually number up to 200. You will be able to see mothers washing their young and young males frolicking in the waters. Minneriya is also home to native and rare species such as the Sri Lankan leopard, Sri Lankan sloth bear and toque macaque monkey.