Sri Lanka Experiences - Elephant Gathering
Minneriya | Kaudulla
The Gathering of Elephants at Minneriya and Kaudula National Parks One of the Most Spectacular Events in the Natural World. During August and September each year in Sri Lanka, one of the most awesome wildlife spectacles in the world, gathers pace. Over three hundred wild Asian Elephants converge for ‘The Gathering’. The largest concentration of Asian Elephants on the planet, a seasonal gathering, takes place at Minneriya National Park in the Cultural Triangle of the island.
As the waters of the gigantic, man-made, Minneriya Lake dries out, the receding waters expose square kilometer upon square kilometer of lake bed, which turns into a lush grassland, with a residual lake in the middle. Literally hundreds of elephants from the surrounding jungles are attracted to the food and water and the security of the scrub jungles bordering the lake.
The gathering at Minneriya is a wonderful opportunity for wildlife enthusiasts and casual travelers to observe the social dynamics of elephants. Watching baby elephants playing with each other, bull elephants tussling for dominance and the great matriarchs surveying the scene is not a sight you are likely to forget in a hurry!