The safari experience in Minneriya as well as Kaudulla national parks is amazing - with the right guide and jeep safari company. I have been in the area several times now as I have been doing project work in the country for the past three years. The elephants move in groups in this area and the ideal time to see them in large numbers is when the water is receding in the large tanks or reservoirs and the new grass appears on which they feed - usually June-July, but it depends on the rains. All kinds of shore birds are also attracted to the sites at the same time. So you need a reliable guide to take you to the best places to see wildlife. We went out with Piya Special Green Track and saw more than 100 elephants in Kaudulla and thousands upon thousands of shore birds - species of pelican, heron, ibis, eagles, and many, many more. He has a lot of experience and respect for the wildlife and for nature - and he charges fair and honest prices. Contact him at email@example.com +94 77 7918257 Thanks Piya for a wonderful experience!