|Main attraction||Marine life, Scuba Diving, Snorkeling|
Pigeon Island National Park consists of two small islands off the east coast north of Trincomalee . The island gets its name from Blue Rock Pigeon, a native endangered bird who lives within the rocks in these islands. The islands were declared a sanctuary in 1963 for the purpose of protecting these birds. In 2003 this area was upgraded to the status of a National Park and the boundaries were extended to include coral reef around them. The islands are situated about 1 km off the Nilaveli coast in Trincomalee District.
This Pigeon Island National Park has one of the best remaining coral reefs with high live coral cover in the country and is an ideal location for scuba diving and snorkeling.
Number of Hotels and Guest Houses has opened up along the sandy beaches of Nilaveli since the end of war. There are Scuba Dive operators based on these hotels who organise dive trips.
The charges for visiting Pigeon Island National Park : entry fee adult/child US$10/5, service charge per group US$8 and charge per boat Rs 125.
There are boat operators who will charge Rs 1500/- 1800/- for a return trip to the island. These can be organised outside hotel arrangements. The islands are looked after by the Navy.
Map of Hakgala Strict Nature Reserve
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Travel Directions to Pigeon Island National Park
The Pigeon Island National Park can be reached through Dambulla and is approximately 280km from Colombo. If you are traveling from Colombo You will have to reach Kurunegala through Kandy Road or Negambo Road. From Kurunegala take the Dambulla – Habarana Road.
Route from Colombo to Pigeon Island National Park
|Through : Ja-Ela – Kurunegala – Dambulla – Habarana|
Distance : 280 km
Travel time : 6-7 hours.
Driving directions : see on google map