|UNESCO World Heritage Site|
Peak Wilderness encompasses the Adam's Peak
|Criteria||Natural: (ix), (x)|
|Inscription||2010 (34th session)|
|Area||56,844 ha (140,460 acres)|
|Buffer zone||72,645 ha (179,510 acres)|
Central Highlands of Sri Lanka is a recognised world Heritage Site in Sri Lanka. The site comprises the Peak Wilderness Protected Area, the Horton Plains National Park and the Knuckles Conservation Forest. These are rain forests, where the elevation reaches 2,500 metres (8,200 ft) above sea level. The region harbors a variety of mammal species including the bear monkey, Trachypithecus vetulus monticola, (a subspecies of purple-faced langur) and the Horton Plains slender loris, Loris tardigradus nycticeboides, (a subspecies of red slender loris).
This is the first Sri Lankan World Heritage site to be designated in 22 years, since the Sinharaja Forest Reserve was enlisted in 1988. Originally submitted for inscription as a mixed cultural and natural site, the Committee recognized only the natural values of the site. On 31 July 2010, the World Heritage Committee holding its 34th session in Brasília inscribed Central Highlands of Sri Lanka and Papahānaumokuākea of Hawaii as new World Heritage Sites.
- Rodrigo, Malaka (8 August 2010). "Lanka's central highlands win heritage battle". The Sunday Times. Retrieved 8 August 2010.
- Sirimane, Shirajiv (1 August 2010). "Central Highlands, a Natural World Heritage". Sunday Observer. Retrieved 1 August 2010.
- "Hawai'i and Sri Lanka added to the World Heritage List". IUCN. 31 July 2010. Retrieved 1 August 2010.
- "World Heritage Committee inscribes two new sites on World Heritage List". unesco.org. UNESCO. July 30, 2010. Retrieved 1 August 2010.