Sri Lanka is not only a land of sandy beaches and azure waters; Sri Lanka is world-renowned for its biodiversity. Sri Lanka is famous for adventurous safaris to see leopards, sloth bears and elephants that we have been endowed with in abundance. An elephant safari Sri Lanka is a must try while you’re here in this paradise island. The elephant gathering in Sri Lanka is a must experience for all the wild-life enthusiasts and thrill-seekers alike. It is one thing to see elephants in Sri Lanka but it’s a completely different and heart-warming experience to witness the magnificent elephant gathering in Sri Lanka. Here are some facts about the elephant gathering so you can plan your trip and witness it soon;
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What is ‘The Elephant Gathering’?
Simply put, what is known as “The Gathering” is the annual congregation of the elephants at the Minneriya and Kaudulla National Parks once a year. This gathering is believed to be the largest gathering of Asian elephants in the world where hundreds of elephants congregate to drink water, bathe and graze on fresh grass.
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Where can I see them?
The Elephant Gathering is a popular sighting at the Minneriya National Park and the Kaudulla National Park. The two parks are in close proximity to each other, only separated by a strip of thick jungle known as the “Elephant Corridor”. The elephants move freely between the two parks and it’s best to ask your guide which park to visit on that particular day to witness the best view of the Elephant gathering in Minneriya or Kaudulla, as it would depend on which park the elephants are at.
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Best time to visit?
The Elephant Gathering takes place once a year, during the dry season, that is from June/July to September. It is during this time that the elephants wander around in search of water and food to graze on and gather at the water hole. Hop on a safari-jeep and make your way to the park and await elephant after elephant make their way out of the jungle around 3 p.m.
What should I bring on safari?
First things first, a camera is a must-take anywhere in Sri Lanka but more so to the national parks as the wild animals are sure to put on a show for you! The Elephant Gathering and elephant safaris in Sri Lanka are sure to make an Instagram-worthy photograph, so don’t forget your cameras! Apart from the camera, make sure you carry along some sunscreen for protection from the sun and water to keep yourself hydrated. Don’t forget some cash for your park entrance fee too!
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Where should I stay?
Book your stay at Cinnamon Lodge Habarana or Habarana Village by Cinnamon situated in close proximity to the Minneriya National Park and the Kaudulla National Park for the perfect combination of comfort, luxury and nature. While you’re in Sri Lanka, your comfort and enjoyment is our priority. Cinnamon Hotels and Resorts has much to boast about with its plush and comfortable living spaces, luxurious room, delectable and wide array of food, top notch service and much more. Our staff will arrange the perfect elephant safari in Sri Lanka for you to experience the beautiful gathering of elephants.
Author: Shenella Fonseka