Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Our Adventurous Safari at Minneriya National Park

We went to see the elephants gathering at Minneriya National Park one morning during our vacation in Sri Lanka, close to the North Central Province. Minneriya is known to be a place where hundreds of Asian elephants lead by matriarchs gather and assemble along the banks of the reservoir. 
This "Gathering" at Minneriya tank has been rated as the 6th world's greatest wild life phenomenon by the Lonely Planet's Greatest Wildlife Spectacles. The Minneriya tank is a reservoir built by King Mahasen in the 3rd century AD.
We were lucky to spot elephants, deer, fox, wild fowls, wild buffalos, monitors, herons and other variety of birds. 
The tour is given in open safari jeeps where we can stand if we wish. It is a fabulous way to absorb and observe the adventurous nature and take pictures. We must stay inside our assigned jeeps and listen to the instructions of the trackers for our own safety. 
Elephant

Fox

Deer

A monkey with its baby

Colourful wild fowl

Peacock

Heron

Giant squirrel

We did have an out of the ordinary experience when our jeep stalled close to the tank. This required the driver to call for assistance and ask another jeep to restart the engine. Since the wild elephants were not too far we were a little nervous, but excited :) 
The beautiful sights and memorable experience that we get during this eco-tourism safari is a must when we are in Sri Lanka. You never know what is awaiting around the end of the bend.
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