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21st National Park declared

Jun 9, 2010 10:58:18 AM - itnnews.lk

The Department of Wildlife Conservation has declared Ussangoda in the Tangalle Divisional Secretariat area of Hambanthota District in the deep South as a National Park.

The declaration has been made under a gazette notification issued by the Department of Wildlife Conservation. With this addition, Sri Lanka has 21 National Parks dedicated for nature and wildlife conservation. Ussangoda is a tourist attraction adjacent to the sea. It spans around 350 hectares. According to legend it was a landing place for the devil king Ravana.

The barren red color soil layer in the area, believed to have come from an ancient meteorite strike, is historically and environmentally significant. The park consists of the beautiful beach and a jungle. Ussangoda is located adjacent to another Wildlife Park called Lunama-Kalametiya