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Pigeon Island

East Coast, Sri Lanka.
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Just off Nilaveli, lies Pigeon Island, a little rocky islet where the blue Rock pigeons breed, and whose waters around are a paradise of colourful fishes. Popular with tourists, the island can be reached by boats hired from any of the hotels or from the beach.
Pigeon Island National Park is one of the two marine national parks of Sri Lanka. The national park is situated one km off the coast of Nilaveli, a coastal town in Eastern Province. The island’s name derives from the Rock Pigeon which has colonised it. The National Park contains some of the best remaining coral reefs of Sri Lanka.
Pigeon Island was designated as a sanctuary in 1963. In 2003 it was re-designated as a National Park. This National Park is the 17th in Sri Lanka. The island was used as a shooting range during the colonial era. Pigeon Island is one of the several protected areas affected by the Indian Ocean tsunami in 2004.
Pigeon Island consists of two islands; large pigeon island and small pigeon island. The large pigeon island is fringed by a coral reef, and is about 200 m long and 100 m wide. The small pigeon island is surrounded by rocky islets.

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