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Located between Habarana and Pollonnaruwa, Minneriya is yet another haven for the elephants who migrate from surrounding jungles to enjoy the lush grass fields on the banks of the Minneriya reservoir, during the dry season. Reports of elephant sightings range from a mere 100 to an astounding 700. Endemic monkeys as well as many resident and migratory bird species also can be spotted along with endemic reptiles such as the painted-lip lizard. Among the reptiles that dwell here, are the saltwater crocodile, the Indian python and the water monitor.
Although the park itself doesn’t offer accommodation, excellent lodging can be secured in the adjacent areas of Sigiriya and Habarana.