Every trip to Sri Lanka should include a "wild elephant day". Once you are in Habarana you can book a safari jeep to pick you up at the hotel (around 2 pm, don't go in the morning). Ask the driver where the elephants are that day. Some days there are more in Minneriya and some days there are more in Kaudulla. So pick the park as they advise you. I have been to the parks many times. This year one day I went to Kaudulla, even if the hundreds of elephants were in Minneriya. I had a great day, seeing 60 elephants. There were only 2 more jeeps in the park because everybody else went to Minneriya. However, if you have only one day to go, better play it safe. If possible, try to avoid the weekend. Take water and snacks with you. Make sure the driver doesn't go too close to the elephants (they somehow believe, they would get a better tip doing so, which of course disturbs the elephants).
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