A special eco-tourism zone is to be created at Rumassala in the scenic wooded area fringing the natural harbor between Galle Fort and the popular beach resourt of Unawatuna.

Apart from the—so far—relatively unspoiled Jungle Beach, the area includes the Japanese Peace Pagoda, built under the guidance of Nichidatsu Fujii, a Buddhist monk from Japan and founder of the Nipponzan – Myohoji Buddhist Order.

The pagoda, one of several the order built throughout the world, was designed “to provide a focus for people of all races and creeds, and to help unite them in their search for world peace”.

Regarding the eco-tourism zone, the Sunday Times reports; “Sri Lanka Ports Authority lands at the well-known hilly forest area Rumassala, west of the natural harbour in Galle, are to be converted into an eco-tourism zone, the Cabinet of Ministers has decided.

“The Ministers have decided to direct the Ports and Shipping Ministry Secretary to carry out a feasibility study with special reference to environmental aspects.

“For this purpose a committee comprising representatives of the Central Environmental Authority, Department of Wild Life Conservation, Department of Forest Conservation, Coast Conservation Department, Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority, Urban Development Authority and the Galle Heritage Foundation is to be appointed.”

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