If you have time or time constraints, visit Kaudulla national park as well. Located in closer proximity to Dambulla than Minneriya, it’s one of the more recent national parks, established in 2002. The park is the result of an irrigation tank constructed by King Mahasen, which has been re-done and given birth to a variety of species of flora and fauna. Just like Minneriya, visitors can hope to see elephants here, and additionally, you can also expect leopards, sambar deer, sloth bears and a multitude of others. The best time to visit Kaudulla is January-March, else you may not spot as many animals.