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PIGEON ISLAND IN TRINCOMALEE – A TOURIST ATTRACTION

Aug 19, 2011 11:12:41 AM - itnnews.lk

Pigeon Island is a beach Resort located in Trincomalee, in the East Coast of the Pearl of the Indian Ocean. Pigeon Island is situated about one kilometer away from the picturesque Nilaveli Beach. The Government has enhanced facilities to tourists visiting the Pigeon Island.

The island is named after its endemic inhabitant the blue rock pigeon that crowd the island in hundreds. It is also famous for the coral fringe that outlines it. Visitors need to engage in a short boat ride to reach the island. Around the pigeon island more than hundred species of reef fish and corals have been identified, making Pigeon island a diver’s paradise. The island was declared a National Park in 1963 by the Department of Wildlife Conservation. It has two small beaches, visitors can find the large coral reef on the beach situated on the south west of the island, and this reef is 200 meters long and 100 meters wide. A visit to the island could incorporate swimming in the sea, snorkelling, diving and sun bathing.
The Sri Lanka Navy has unveiled a special security plan for the safety of the tourists.