Meethirigala Forest Reserve

Meethirigala Forest Reserve (Sinhala: මීතිරිගල රක්ෂිතය) is a patch of evergreen rain forest situated in Gampaha District (bordering Kegalle District) Sri Lanka (Moonasinghe & Amarasinghe, 2001). The forest is managed by the Forest Department.

Meethirigala forest reserve was declared by the Forest Department on 4 August 1973 (Kalubowila et al., 2020). It consists of approximately 384 ha. and is the largest forest reserve in Gampaha District (Kalubowila et al., 2020). The small tributaries flow within the forest reserve finally draining into the Kelani Ganga river. 

A Buddhist monastery has been established in the forest reserve since 1968 (Kalubowila et al., 2020). A public bus route runs across the reserve dividing it into two large portions. 

1) Kalubowila, J.D., Singhakumara, B.M.P. and Rajathewa, R.A.M.P.M., 2020. Floristic Survey of Meethirigala Forest Reserve in Gampaha District. Journal of Tropical Forestry and Environment, 10(1). pp.63-74
2) Moonasinghe, E.M. and Amarasinghe, M.D., 2001. A vegetation study in two selected sites of Meethirigala Forest Reserve. In Proceedings of International Forestry and Environment Symposium. p.11.

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