Steps have been taken to develop the Kalawewa and Kahalapalla Forest Reserves as National Wildlife parks. Minister Gamini Jayawickrema Perera said that a special discussion in this regard would be held next week. The Kalawewa Forest Reserve which is about 5,050 hectares, was named as a National Wildlife Park in October 2015. It is reported that 300 to 400 elephants could be seen inside this forest reserve. It is a common sight to see elephants are coming to Kalawewa Forest Reserve from Kahallapalla, Ritigala and Habarana Forests during the drought season. Minister Gamini Jayawickrema Perera said that development of Kalawewa and Kahallapalla Forest Reserve would be launched soon as a large number of local and foreign tourists are coming to view the forest reserve.