Minneriya is located 201km away from Colombo in the North-central province of Sri Lanka.
Minneriya can be reached by main motor roads from Colombo via Habarana on the road to World Heritage Site of Polonnaruwa.
Minneriya is a small town located 6km east of the village of Habarana, on the road to the World Heritage Site of Polonnaruwa.
Habarana, a transportation hub of Cultural triangle studded with high end eco-oriented resorts is located 6km west of Minneriya.
Minneriya National Park
The ancient Minneriya rainwater reservoir encompassed in the MinneriyaNational Park is home to hoards of elephants. Among the other mammals in the park are sambar, spotted deer, sloth bears and leopards. Minneriya National Park forms an area of elephant corridor connecting Kaudulla National Park and Wasgomuwa National Park. During July to October, large hoards of elephants gather at Minneriya reservoir when water reservoirs in the surrounding areas have dried up.
Polonnaruwa is the 2nd largest city in north central province in Sri Lanka. The ancient city of Polonnaruwa has been declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO. Polonnaruwa has a great history of conquest and struggle behind it and rightfully forms the third element in the Cultural Triangle. Located about 140 kms north east from Kandy, Polonnaruwa offers hours of endless pleasure for history and culture lovers, as there are numerous sights of significance. Much of the physical ruins standing today are credited to King Parakrama Bahu I who spent many royal resources on town planning, including parks, edifices, irrigation systems and so on. The period of his rule is considered a golden age where the kingdom thrived and prospered under a visionary ruler. The Parakrama Samudra is a mammoth tank and named after its patron. The popular king?s Royal Palace, the Audience Hall encircled by beautifully carved stone elephants and the Bathing Pool reflect the superior engineering capabilities of the time.
North Central Province which is the largest province in the country covered 16% of total country's land area. North Central Province consist two districts called Polonnaruwa and Anuradhapure. Anuradhapura is the largest district in Sri Lanka. Its area is 7,128 kmē. North Central Province has numerous potentials for Investors to start their Businesses, especially Agriculture, agro based industries and Livestock sectors. More than 65% of North Central Province's people depend on basic Agriculture and agro base industries.NCP also called Wew Bendi Rajje because there are more than 3000 medium and large scale tanks situated in the province. Sri maha bodiya, Ruwanweli seya, Thuparama dageba, Abayagiri Monastry, Polonnaruwa Rankot wehera, Lankathilake are scared places in North Central Province.