Elephant Gathering in Sri Lanka – An Experience Not To Miss!

Sri Lanka is world-renowned for its biodiversity and is famous for adventurous safaris in to the wild to catch a glimpse of the elusive Leopards, Sloth Bears and majestic Elephants. An Elephant gathering Sri Lanka is a must try while you’re here in this paradise island and is a is a must experience for all the wild-life enthusiasts and thrill-seekers alike. More interestingly, the elephant gathering in Minneriya is considered as a one of the largest gatherings of wild life in the world by Lonely Planet and is one of the top places to visit in Habarana. The Elephant gathering at the Minneriya Park is also among the top 10 wild life wonders of the world!

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.

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.

Dos and Don’ts!


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! Don’t forget to maintain all COVID-19 prevention guidelines as advised!

Make sure you don’t litter the park and attempt to feed the animals. It is of utmost importance that our environment is protected whilst we experience the heartwarmingly magnificent elephant gathering in Sri Lanka.

Booking your stay!


Book your stay at Cinnamon Lodge Habarana or Habarana Village by Cinnamon situated in close proximity to the Minneriya National Park for the perfect combination of comfort, luxury and nature. While you’re in Sri Lanka, your comfort and enjoyment is our priority. Our staff at Cinnamon Holidays – Cinnamon Nature Trails will arrange and curate the perfect elephant safari in Sri Lanka just as you prefer so that you can experience the beautiful gathering of Elephants just the way you prefer!

Your health, safety and well-being are amongst our top priorities! Cinnamon Care initiative is a unique safety and distancing protocol which has been implemented throughout all our hotels and restaurants to make sure that all our guests are safe from COVID-19.

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