The Minneriya National Park is a popular eco tourism spot in the beautiful island of Sri Lanka. Home to various types of fauna and flora, the park covers an expansive area of 8890 hectares. This fascinating evergreen sanctuary is made up thick forests, wetlands and scrublands in which a wide array of animal and bird species dwell. Central to the park stands the ancient Minneriya Tank. Situated approximately 182 kilometers away from the city of Colombo, the site was deemed as a national park in 1997 by the Sri Lankan government and has since then attracted thousands of local and foreign visitors interested in exploring the awe-inspiring beauty of nature.
The Minneriya National Park is the habitat of various types of wildlife. Approximately 24 mammal species, 25 reptile species, 9 amphibian species, 26 fish species, 160 bird species and 75 butterfly species dwell within the sanctuary. Some of the popular land animals that can be seen on a safari include elephants, sambar and deer. If you are lucky, you just might spot a leopard or a sloth bear lurking amid the greenery. Endangered reptiles like the skink and the red-lipped lizard can also be seen.
One of the most significant features of the park is the Minneriya Tank. Built by King Mahasena in the 3rd century AD, the tank attracts large flocks of animals and birds to its banks especially during the dry season which is between June and September. It is common to see numerous elephants gather at the tank for water during this season. This picturesque body of water is also the dwelling place of various types of fish and the Sri Lankan swamp crocodile. Additionally, the park is a bird watchers’ paradise as it is home to large array of birds such as the painted stork, the jungle fowl, the grey heron, the grey hornbill, the great white pelican and the hanging parrot.
Staying at one of the Sri Lanka hotels located in Sigiriya will allow tourists to explore the Minneriya reserve and other nearby attractions that include the Sigiriya fortress. The Jetwing Vil Uyana eco-hotel is perfect for the lifestyle traveller seeking a Sigiriya luxury accommodation. Indulge in lavish comfort and enjoy a tranquil retreat in an elegant haven of relaxation when lodging here.