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Sinharaja Forest Reserve

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Address: | Deniyaya, Galle 81524, Sri Lanka
Phone Number: 94710714444
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SINHARAJA RAIN FOREST is a world heritage and bio diversity hotspot which...

SINHARAJA RAIN FOREST is a world heritage and bio diversity hotspot which is also a major eco tourism destination in Sri Lanka. It is one of the few virgin forests left in the world. This evergreen rain forest, a UNESCO World heritage site, is one of the few virgin rain forests left to date. Damp mysterious and teeming with life, the Sinharaja forest reserve situated 120 KM South East of Colombo, is the last expensive stretch of virgin rainforest on the island. At just over 11000 hectares, line across the wet zone the Southern edge of the hill country, Sinharaja is an ecological treasure trove. It is staggering array of flora and fauna place it among the top bio diversity hotspot in the world. Sinharaja Forest Reserve - A UNESCO world heritage site - encompasses the largest single swath of remaining low land tropical rain forest in the country. Over 130 birds, species are found here including many of the 33 species endemic to the Sri Lanka. There also rich reptile population and myriads of insects species, many yet to be classified. Mammals scenes here including the purple faced langur monkey and the giant squirrel. Sinharaja is also home to the elusive leopard. It is preferable to explore Sinharaja on foot, which makes for the truly authentic jungle experience. Best starting point for visits are Deniyaya Mederipitiya to the East or Kudawa to the North.

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A really good contrast to other places

We spent a couple of nights a Sinharaja Forest Reserve in the middle of a dry spell, so I don't know what it is like when it rains. I really enjoyed our stay here, it's a tourist... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We spent a couple of nights a Sinharaja Forest Reserve in the middle of a dry spell, so I don't know what it is like when it rains. I really enjoyed our stay here, it's a tourist location but not touristy. The relatively small number of guests gives it a country house hotel feel as we had conversations with a... More 

Thank united33
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The jungle tour with the provided guide was excellent. You have a choice of lengths and we chose the two waterfall tour which was a nice compromise between too short and exhausting. Maybe the guides vary, but ours had good English, sharp eyes, and an extensive knowledge of all the flora and fauna. We saw so many snakes that we... More 

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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Sinharaja forest is one of the best places for a hike in the country and camping is possible in this place too.. a must visit by the nature lovers..

Thank Treshi
Singapore, Singapore
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is highly green and It's hard to see sun from some places of this area. Some places are full of leachers so you have to be careful with that. Other than that, there are so many indigenous animals and plants and it's biodiversity is at the top among a lot of places in the wold. It's a world heritage... More 

Thank gayan1991
Gampaha, Sri Lanka
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Located in south-west Sri Lanka, Sinharaja is the country's last viable area of primary tropical rainforest. More than 60% of the trees are endemic and many of them are considered rare. There is much endemic wildlife, especially birds, but the reserve is also home to over 50% of Sri Lanka's endemic species of mammals and butterflies, as well as many... More 

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Kandy, Sri Lanka
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I think Kudawa Entrance (kalawana- Pothupitiya- Kudawa- Sinharaja) is better than other entrances. there is best forest department Dormitory will provide cheap accommodation in better standards. You have to bring the cooking foods and they will cook for you. Little bit hard to Enter but ideal for eco-friendly tourist. Try to go there in sunny weather. always drink boild water.

Thank Prabath J
Gampaha, Sri Lanka
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Breakthrough to Sinharaja rain forest reserve in Deniyaya Sri Lanka is ideal place to spend your holiday in lush green environment.

Thank Hemal M
Graz, Austria
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016

Don't miss this experience. You could see amazing animals and plants. If you like more adventure you could jump down a 10m high waterfall in the area. Ask for Tour Guide Vini!

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015 via mobile

We had one of the Rangers as guide which was really helpful to spot all the different plants and animals. My children, 8 and 10, were fascinated by the many millipedes, snakes (we saw 4 in total, 3 different species), fish in the river, large snails and geckos.

Thank Wolf1966
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015 via mobile

This is my second trip to Sinharaja, the first as a keen birdwatcher was 19 years' ago. There are a number of entry points to the park but we went to the one which requires a jeep (or long walk) up to Martin's Lodge, birdwatching the trails from there. Sinharaja is now recognised as a Unesco World Heritage site and... More 

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