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Minneriya National Park

Minneriya national park is in the middle of three agricultural towns Habarana, Polonnaruwa and Minneriya. This is a heavenly area for elephants coming from the neighboring jungles to enjoy the lush grass fields on the banks of the Minneriya reservoir, especially during the dry season. Reports of elephant sightings range from 100 to a surprising 700. Endemic monkeys and well as many resident and migratory bird species can also be spotted. There are endemic reptiles such as the painted lip lizard and the other repts of elephant sightings range from 100 to a surprising 700. Endemic monkeys and well as many resident and migratory bird species can also be spotted. There are endemic reptiles such as the painted lip lizard and the other reptiles that dwell here are the saltwater crocodile, the Indian python and the water monitor.

Minneriya national park is in the north central province of Sri Lanka. This become a national park in August 1997, having been declared as a wildlife sanctuary in 1938. This was done to protect the catchments of Minneriya tank and the wildlife of the surrounding area and receives an average rainfall of 1500 – 2000 millimeters. The national parks faunal species including 25 species of mammals, 160 species of birds, 9 species of amphibians, 25 species of reptiles, 26 species of fish and 75 species of butterflies.

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