Pigeon Island National Park

Pigeon Island, a paradise for scuba divers, is a national marine park and the second marine sanctuary in Sri Lanka. 

Overview

Pigeon Island National Park is one half of marine parks that can be found in Sri Lanka. Located about 1 km away from the coastline of Nilaveli Beach, this little island surely is a delightful little piece of paradise. Travellers who look forward to a change in scenery visit this little island that gets regular visitations by a flock of rock pigeons, can look forward to pristine white sands and inviting little rock pools along the beach of this island.

The island is surrounded by a fringe of corals that is sadly diminishing today due to lack of care by those who visit here. An aerial view of Pigeon Island makes it look all so exotic, lush and shows off that far-off effect even though getting to the island is very easy.

A ticket office is located right in front of Anilana Nilaveli Hotel, where travellers and beach enthusiasts can catch an up-close meet-up with this island through boat trips that are provided by neighbouring hotels and other small businesses along the way.

It was said that during the times of the colonial age, the island was once used as a shooting range. This island comprises of not one but two islands side by side and can be known as little pigeon island and large pigeon island due to their contrasting sizes in area.

The island not only poses as a breeding ground for these rock pigeons but is also home to animals such as sea turtles and olive ridleys to name a few. The best period for a visit is to do so between May and September and it tends to get busy with tourists. For those who plan to visit from Colombo via a vehicle, would reach their destination in a maximum 6 hours.

Photographs of Pigeon Island National Park

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