The Gathering of Elephants

2 Days

Trip Facts

  • Hotel Accomodation in Minneriya
  • 12
  • Vegeterian, Non Vegeterian
  • English and local language
  • 5 star executive suite
  • July to October

Welcome to Minneriya and Sigiriya !

Minneriya is a small town in Sri Lanka that is famous for two things — the great Minneriya lake built by King Mahasen and Minneriya National Park which is a hot spot for safari lovers because of its abundance of elephant.

Sigiriya or Sinhagiri is an ancient rock fortress located in the northern Matale District near the town of Dambulla in the Central Province, Sri Lanka.

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Overview

Colombo is the capital city of Sri Lanka, and the country’s largest city in terms of population. Located on the west coast, it is a beautiful city surrounded by white sand beaches and an impressive harbourfront. Colombo is characterised by a series of canals, with the picturesque 160-acre Beira Lake at its centre.

Cosmopolitan Colombo, gateway to the wonder of Sri Lanka, boasts a rich colonial heritage, featuring a melting pot of races, religions and cultures. A city of contrasts, it is both an eclectic mix of shiny hotels and swanky office blocks, neighbouring beautiful red-tiled colonial-era buildings.

One of the most famous landmarks in Colombo is Beira Lake. It is a quiet escape and a great place to relax. One can take a stroll by the lake or try the famous swan boat ride. The main attraction of Beira Lake is a small island located in the center, which is popular among couples.

 

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Itinerary

Leave Colombo to Habarana for lunch at the hotel. By early afternoon. leave for Minneriya National Park where you can see herds of wild elephants congregate in ‘The Gathering’ the grand seasonal phenomena which is one of the most awesome wildlife spectacles in the world with over 300 hundred elephants congregating around the shores of Minneriya Tank. This is an opportunity to observe the social dynamics of elephants. The season starts between July to October each year with its peak in the months of August and September.

* Next, visit the park in a safari vehicle with a park ranger. This will also be a great
opportunity to observe the abundance of birds and many other wildlife. Return to hotel
for dinner and overnight stay.

The second day of the tour brings you to Sigiriya to climb the Rock Fortress. Sigiriya is a fascinating monument which was a stronghold of a 5th century king who murdered his father. The red stone rises 600 feet from the green scrub jungle and it is famous for its frescoes painted within a sheltered rock. Only 19 out of the 500 frescoes painted in the 5th century remains. The Lion Stairway, the Mirror Wall and the Water Gardens are amongst Sigiriya’s other highlights.

Take Lunch at Sigiriya before returning to Colombo or to your hotel.

Cost

The Trip Cost Includes

  • Pick-up or Drop-off service from and to Airport(in our own vehicle)
  • Transportation to and from!!
  • Food all along the trip(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and a cup of coffee or tea) and accommodations during the trip in hotels with family environment
  • Transportation, food, accommodation and insurance of Guide during the trip
  • Down jacket, all-season sleeping bag, duffel bag and trekking map(in case if you don’t have your own. Down jacket, sleeping bag and duffel bag must be returned after completion of the trip)
  • First Aid Medical Kit(Your guide will carry the Medical Kit but we also advise to bring yourself for your own use, as far as possible)
  • All the required permits and paperwork

The Trip Cost Excludes

  • International Airfare
  • Visa Charges
  • Hotel Expenses(In Kathmandu, some packages do include hotel expenses)
  • Your travel and medical insurance
  • Personal Expenses such as shopping, bar bills, hot shower, telephone, laundry, titbits etc
  • Food and accommodations in Kathmandu
  • Services not mentioned or not promised by the agent.

Frequently asked Questions

How fit do I need to be to do this trek?

any fit person can do this trek, even if you do not have any previous experience. You should be aware of what to expect and mentally prepare for it. Then, as long as you will to, you can.

How long we walk in colombo city?

On average, you walk about 4 or 5hours .

How is the daily temperature and weather during this trip?

Sigiriya, Sri Lanka weather forecasted for the next 10 days will have maximum temperature of 38°c / 100°f on Tue 22. Min temperature will be 24°c / 75°f on Wed 30. Windiest day is expected to see wind of up to 30 kmph / 19 mph on Fri 01. Visit 3 HourlyHourly and Historical section to get in-depth weather forecast information for Sigiriya.

Minnariya,The area is situated in dry zone of Sri Lanka and receives an average rainfall of 1,500–2,000 millimetres (59–79 in). The lowest temperature and highest of the park are 20.6 °C (69.1 °F) and 34.5 °C (94.1 °F) respectively. The main sources of water for the tank are a diversion of Amban River and Elahera canal.

Can we get suitable food and other facilities in Minnariya and sigiriya cities?

yes you can Good food can be provided for you to get suitable food and there are good hotels as well as suitable places to provide your other facilities.

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The Gathering of Elephants
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