Hikkaduwa National Park (Corral Reef) – හික්කඩුව ජාතික වනෝද්‍යානය (කොරල් පර)

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hikkaduwa national park

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Size102 hectares
Main attractionsCorral and Reef Fish

Hikkaduwa National Park lies in the popular tourist destination of Hikkaduwa along its beach. The corral reefs on this marine park has made Hikkaduwa Beach one of the most sought after beaches of the country.

In 1940, the Ambalangoda/Hikkaduwa Rocky Islets were declared sanctuaries and was limited to the land boundaries of these rocky islets. The intention was to afford protection to seabirds nesting on the islands.

In 1961, 110 acres of territorial waters off Hikkaduwa were afforded protection under the Fisheries Ordinance. In 1979, the Hikkaduwa Marine Sanctuary was gazetted under the Fauna & Flora Protecton Ordinance. In 1998 it was upgraded to the status of a nature reserve and later to a national park . Hikkaduwa National Park is one of the only 2 marine national parks in Sri Lanka.

The primary purpose of the Hikkaduwa National Park is to protect the coral reefs. However human activity continues on the beaches of this park. The reef has suffered high degradation due to both natural and human activities. The live coral cover was decreased from 47 percent to 13 percent in a coral bleaching event in 1998,induced by the 1998 El Nino weather.

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Travel Directions to Hikkaduwa National Park

The easiest route from Colombo is via Kurunegala, Dambulla, Habarana and Polonnaruwa. The range office is in Polonnaruwa town. The park lies 240 km  from Colombo.

Route from Colombo to Hikkaduwa National Park

Though : Southern Expressway – Ambalangoda
Distance : 113 km
Travel time : 2.5 hours
Driving directions : see on google map

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