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Witness the world’s largest Asian elephant gathering

Witness the world’s largest Asian elephant gathering
Experience one of the world’s largest wilderness gatherings in Sri Lanka.

Every year between the months of July and October, up to 300 wild elephants come together to escape the dry season of the northern provinces of Sri Lanka to gather at Minneriya National Park, where water and sweet grass are in abundance all-year long. Thought to have been occurring for centuries, this unique event is the largest gathering of Asian elephants on the planet.


Witness this magnificent event up close and personal with a guided excursion arranged by Diyabubula Art and Jungle hideaway, which is ideally located near Minneriya National Park. Located in the heart of the Sri Lankan jungle, Diyabubula is an innovative new destination designed to celebrate the wilderness of Sri Lanka and the works of its most renowned Sri Lankan artist, Laki Senanayake. A unique jungle hideaway designed by Laki, himself Diyabubula comprises  five individually handcrafted villas made from 100-year-old railway sleepers and locally sourced timber.


Encompassing the surrounding environment, Laki uses the growing trees and running waters of Diyabubula to create living, natural accommodation, so visitors not only see the jungle, but also experience it at its core. Laki’s studio is centrally located and he regularly encourages guests to join him to draw, paint and discuss the abundant wildlife that adorns the area.


Specialised packages are available for those who want to experience this incredible wildlife gathering, as well as an unforgettable stay in the Sri Lankan Jungle:

  • 5 days/4 nights single occupancy from only €790, or double occupancy from €842
  • 6 days/5 nights single occupancy from only €850 or double occupancy from €990.

Prices include half-board accommodation at a water villa in Diyabubula, transfer from and to Colombo airport, as well as one excursion to the elephant gathering (inclusive of Jeep rental and entry fees).


In keeping with the natural environment of Diyabubula, a highly skilled team of chefs are on call to prepare fresh and locally sourced organic food for the duration of your stay.

About The Author

Mike Cowton

Michael Cowton, an outdoors writer, editor and photographer with a passion for nature-based travel and wildlife. He is a former editor of EcoTravel, Outdoor Pursuits, Camping, Lakeland Walker and Which Motorcaravan magazines, and national newspaper journalist.

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