National parks are governed by the Fauna and flora protection ordinance (no2) of 1937 and may be created or abolished by ministerial order.
The Minister may by Order published in the Gazette declare that any specified area of State land shall for the purposes of this Ordinance be a National Reserve and may by that order or by any Order subsequently published in the Gazette declare that the whole or any specified part of any such National Reserve shall be
• National Parks
• Jungle Corridors.
• Strict Natural Reserves.
• Intermediate Zones
• National Reserves.
• Nature Reserves.
Sri Lanka has 26 national parks which covers more than 5000 sq. km 7.5% of the total of its land area. 6 of them are very popular among the visitors to Sri Lanka.
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• 2 Marine National Parks- Hikkaduwa (2002) and pigeon Island in Trincoo(2003).
• Kumana, Bundala, Sinharaja, Anavilundawe, Galoya famous for birding
• Minneriya, Kawdulla , Eco Park at Habarana are one of the leading National parks for Elaphants