Minneriya National Park

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Minneriya National Park is situated in the North central Province of Sri Lanka which is 182 kilometers away from Colombo. Minneriya national park elephant gathering is very famous among the tourists. During the dry season large herd of elephants numbering 150 - 200 are attracted to grass fields on the edges of the reservoir. Minneriya national park is an important habitat for the two endemic monkeys of Sri Lanka: purple-faced langur and toque macaque.

The minneriya reservoir is an important habitat for larger water birds such as Lesser Adjutant, Painted Stork, and  Spot-billed pelican. Large flocks of Little Comorants over 2000 have reported from the Minneriya reservoir.

The temperature in the minneriya national park ranges from 20.6c - 34.5c and receives an annual rainfall of 1500 - 2000 millimeters.

The minneriya tank has a historical importance because it was built by King Mahasen in third century AD.

The minneriya national park's faunal species include 24 species of mammals, 160 species of birds, 9 species of amphibians, 25 species of reptiles, 26 species of fish, and 75 species of butterflies.

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 Along with Kaudulla and Girithale, Minneriya forms one of the 70 Important Bird Areas (IBAs) of Sri Lanka. Minneriya national park was declared as a national park on 12th August 1997.

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