Pigeon Island National Park – පරෙවි දූපත් ජාතික වනෝද්‍යානය

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Pigeon Island National Park
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Size471.429 hectares
Main attractionMarine 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.

Pigeon Island Ticket Prices

Local – AdultsLKR 40
Local – Children (6-12 years) – 50% of adult costLKR 20
Local – Children (below 6 years)FOC
Local – Group FeeLKR 300
Foreign – AdultsUSD 10
Foreign – Children (6-12 years) – 50% of adult costUSD 5
Foreign – Children (below 6 years)FOC
Foreign – Group FeeUSD 8
Taxes on total cost15%
Entrance Fee per vehicleLKR 250
Ticket Price Schedule as per time of publication

for example, for 2 foreigners with 1 child between 6-12 will have the cost of

2 x adultsUSD 20.00
1 x childUSD 5.00
Group FeeUSD 8.00
Total USD 33.00
Tax (15%)USD 4.95
TotalUSD 37.95
The Above cost are for entry tickets for persons. A ticket for the vehicle as given above has to be purchased separately

Payments can be paid in USD or equivalent LKR by foreigners. You can call 1919 (government information center) for the latest ticket prices. If you are hiring a private safari Jeep, the prices vary from LKR 3000 – 6000 for half day based on the park.

Also See

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

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