Pigeon island national park vested in the public
The Pigeon island located close to the Nilaweli beach was vested in the public as a National park under the patronage of Minister Basil Rajapaksa today. The island with an extent of 471 hectares consists of two isles. The pigeon island surrounded by the Nilaweli beach is known for rare coral reefs and bio diversity. The gazette notification on developing the Pigeon island as a national park was issued in 2003 but it was difficult to be implemented due to the terrorism prevailed in the country. Due to the elimination of terrorism from the East, local as well as foreign tourists have the opportunity to enjoy the picturesque beauty of the Pigeon island. Tickets can be obtained from a special booth, located on the Nilaweli beach. Minister S.M. Chandrasena, Deputy Ministers Lakshma Yapa Abeywardena, Susantha Punchi Nilame and District secretary of Trincomalee T.T. R. de Silva participated in the occasion.