Pigeon Island wildlife sanctuary in Eastern Sri Lanka opens to the public

May 29, Trincomalee: Sri Lanka Minister of Economic Development Basil Rajapaksa Saturday reopened the Pigeon Island, the Marine National Park in Trincomalee for visitors.

The 41.4-hectare Pigeon Island National Park, one of the two marine national parks in Sri Lanka is a tourist hot spot.

Visitors can see rare coral reefs, as well as the characteristic species of Sri Lankan birds and, many varieties of migrating birds visiting this historical island.


Access to the public to the island sanctuary off Nilaweli beach in Trincomalee of Eastern Province was restricted due to the terrorist activities prevailed during the recent past. It was declared a national sanctuary in 2003 through a special Gazette notification.

Minister of Agrarian Services and Wildlife S.M. Chandrasena, Deputy Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Susantha Punchinilame, and Secretary to Ministry of Finance and Planning Dr. P.B. Jayasundara and Director General Department of Wildlife Conservation Ministry Dr. Chandrawansha Pathiraja, also participated at this occasion.

(Photos by Chaminda Hittatiya)

For more details and tours to Pigeon Island Please visit Sri Lanka Travel & Culture Pigeon Island Tour

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