Minneriya National Park 878 views

PolonnaruwaWild SafariWildlife SanctuariesNature & Wildlife

Recomended duration
3 Hours
Best time of the year to visit
June to September
Open Hours
6 AM to 6.30 PM

Little bit about Minneriya National Park

The Minneriya National park is a national park located in the North Central Province of Sri Lanka.  The wildlife sanctuary feeds at least 24 species of mammals including elephants, leopards, sloths bears, spotted deer, sambar deer, wild buffaloes, wild pigs, grey langers and monkeys. The park has recorded over a 170 species of birds. Some of the highlighted birds like Sri Lankan Jungle Fowl and from Migrating Waders to Forest Birds like Malabar-pied Hornbills and many more kinds of birds can be found too.  Moreover, Amphibians and Reptiles have their homes in here. For the convenience of the travelers and tourists, the city has resorts and travels that provide Safari rides and other adventure activities.

The Safari rides to the Minneriya National Park are available in the mornings and evenings and it gives you the perfect chance to see the wildlife in their natural habitat.


Things to know before you go

  • Best time to enter the park is after 3 PM. That is when Elephants are coming to the Minneriya tank to drink water. 
  • Do not feed the animals
  • Do not tease the animals
  • No smoking, no liquor
  • Eat at designated rest areas only
  • Do not get down from the Safari Jeeps
  • Bring plenty of water, sun protection creams, sunglasses, caps/hats
  • Always listen to the driver's/ guide's instructions


Photography by: Kasun De Silva



Safari Jeep Price*

Half-day: From LKR 4,500 - 6,000

Full-day: Around LKR 10,000

*Prices vary based on the condition of the jeep and the additional facilities provided. Above are generic indicative prices


Minneriya National Park Entrance Fee for Foreigners

  Single Visit Overnight Stay Two visits same day
Adult  $ 15 $ 30 $ 25
Kids (6 - 12 yrs)  $ 8  $ 16 $ 12

Service Charge: $8

Veicle Entrance Fee: ~$2

15% VAT on the grand entrance fee


Minneriya National Park Entrance Fee for Locals

  Single Visit Overnight Stay Two visits same day
Adult  LKR 60 LKR 120 LKR 100
Kids (6 - 12 yrs)  LKR 30 LKR 60 LKR 50
School Kids LKR 20    

Service Charge: ~LKR 1,400

Veicle Entrance Fee: LKR 250

15% VAT on the grand entrance fee


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