Environmental Zones

Special Environmental Zones in the Galle District

Site Divisional Secretariat Grama Niladhari Division Description
Hiyare Lake Bio Diversity Park Akmeemana Hiyare The Hiyare Reservoir was constructed about a century ago to provide water to the Galle Municipal area. The renowned hydro engineer the late Mr. D.J. Wimalasunrendra was responsible for its design. The use of the Hiyare Reservoir was discontinued after the  Wackwella River Water Scheme was begun in the 1970s to feed the Galle town. The Reservoir and the surrounding area have now been developed as a Bio Diversity Park by the Galle Municipal Council in collaboration with the Galle Wildlife Protection Society. There is a training centre where programmes on the Environment are conducted for school children, university students and others interested in the Environment. There is also a hospital where sick and injured animals are treated. Special focus is on rare animals and endangered animal species. The catchment area of the old reservoir has been declared as a tropical forest reserve by the Forest Conservation Department.
Eluvila Yaya Mangrove Akmeemana Rathhindagoda This wetland mangrove area is inhabited by a large number of indigenous and migrant bird species. It has been declared as a Bird Sanctuary by the Department of Wildlife Conservation.
Mamaramba
Yatagama
Duwiliella Neluwa Kosmulla A beautiful cascading waterfall with three tiers. The Ruhunu Tourist Bureau of the Southern Provincial Council intends to develop it as a tourist site.
Uranwetuna Ella Neluwa Lankagama A beautiful waterfall. This has also been identified by the Ruhunu Tourist Bureau as a  potential site for development.
Brahmana Ella Neluwa Lankagama A beautiful waterfall
Lankagama Duwili Ella Neluwa Lankagama A beautiful waterfall
Kekuna Ella Neluwa Lankagama A beautiful waterfall
Kottawa Botanic Garden Yakkalamulla Kottawa A forest with bio-diversity
Deegoda Lake Imaduwa Deegoda A lake with bio-diversity. A special conservation project centred on this lake is currently being implemented by the Central Environmental Authority
The Sinharaja Forest Neluwa Lankagama

The Sinharaja Forest (Forest of the Lion  King) was inscribed in the list of World Heritage Natural Sites by UNESCO in 1988.

It is 88.64 square kilometers in extent and borders the Matara and Ratnapura Districts.

It is believed to be one of the best preserved Tropical Rain Forests in Asia.

It contains a rich diversity of flora and fauna.

Its vegetation includes trees, shrubs and herbs with a high density. Its fauna includes a wide variety of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and insects.

A unique feature of this TRF is that a high percentage of both its flora as well as its fauna is endemic to Sri Lanka.

Warukandeniya
Madugeta
Kosmulla
Hirewatta  Rock Water Pool Ambalangoda Hirewatta A water pool naturally formed on rock.
Hikkaduwa Coral Garden Hikkaduwa Waulagoda A coral formation with a rich variety of marine life. A marine sanctuary managed by the Department of Wildlife Conservation
 

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Last Update: 07-12-2017.