Sri Lankan eco-park transforms into major tourist attraction

Sri Lankan eco-park transforms into major tourist attraction


Sri Lanka’s Hurulu Eco park in north central Habarana has become a major tourist attraction, with foreign visitors and revenue up six fold, local media quoted an official report as reporting on Friday.

Hurulu Eco Park’s revenue grew in 2018 to an estimated 268,000 U.S. dollars from 39,000 U.S. dollars in 2017, an increase of six times, Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) said in its annual report for 2018.

The Hurulu Eco Park is an important habitat of the Sri Lankan elephant, offering jeep safaris to see the elephant herds.

The park is home to many exotic and endangered animals, such as the Sri Lankan elephant, Indian Star Tortoise, Sri Lankan Jungle fowl and the Rusty-Spotted Cat.

The SLTDA said the number of foreign visitors to the park rose to 36,664 in 2018, from 5,644 visitors in 2017.

The total number of visitors to the park grew to 57,292 in 2018 from 7,409 a year earlier.

Sri Lanka’s tourism industry has emerged as one of the leading foreign exchange earners in recent years, since the end of the island’s civil conflict in May 2009.

So far this year, almost 1.5 million tourists have arrived in the country and the industry is expecting almost 2 million arrivals by the end of the year.

India, China and Britain are the leading markets for Sri Lanka’s tourism.