Toppigala, the former hideout of the LTTE in Batticaloa has been converted into a park complex.
The Secretary Defence and Urban Development Gotabhaya Rajapaksa today opened Toppigala Heritage Park Complex.
The thick jungle area with the Toppigala rock (Baron's Cap) standing 1,753 feet above sea level is located about 40 km northwest of Batticaloa.
The Toppigala Park Complex comprises an exhibition center, hiking trails, obstacle course to the rock, souvenir shop, cafeteria and other common amenities for the visitors.
Sri Lanka Army's 232 Brigade in the Eastern Province developed the project at a cost of Rs. 25 million. Dilmah, had provided support for the project.
The Exhibition Centre and other facilities were established in order to facilitate local and foreign tourists a chance to visit Toppigala region and enjoy its natural environment and also appreciate the sacrifices made by the security forces to liberate the region from the clutches terrorism, the Defence Ministry said.
The attraction is expected to open up new avenues for the emerging hospitality sector in the East and uplift the lives of the resettled communities.