Image Courtesy |Rohit Varma

Minneriya’s tank is the reason why elephants head here in the dry season after the monsoon has finished. This National Park and Kaudulla are linked by a corridor which benefits both parks. There is forest, scrub, grassland and rocky outcrops, home to many mammals including the highest concentration of elephants in Sri Lanka.

The dry season is the time to see most elephants, some of which depart down the ‘corridor’ around September.

There has been some forest clearance which is threatening the environment but hopefully as more overseas tourists begin to explore more of the Island and its National Parks, increased revenue will be regarded as a motivation for more conservation. The nearby city of Habarana certainly has plenty of good accommodation that can cater for increased demand. The ancient fortress of Sigiriya has been a reason to come to this central part of Sri Lanka and the Parks should provide added impetus.