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Sinharaja Forest Reserve

Galle, Sri Lanka
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Ranked #5 of 24 attractions in Galle
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Activities: Birdwatching
Description: This national park is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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Sydney, Australia
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51 reviews 51 reviews
14 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

Stayed at Rainforest View lodge near the Deniyaya entrance & had a bittersweet experience. While the forest was excellent, the compulsory forestry guide tried to rip us off by charging us triple the published rate for guiding.

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Ko Tao, Thailand
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014 via mobile

This jungle is definitely worth at look at, it's a jungle in Sri Lanka so it's beautiful. I didn't book pre book anything, there is no need, I took a Tuk Tuk with Raja, an amazing, funny and informative man who pointed out stuff on the way and showed me photo opportunities too. Excellent English and also made sure I... More

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

Great wildlife. Guide spoke no English at all :-( would have paid extra for someone who could talk to us about the rainforest and wildlife. N oone warned us it was 10k up rocky hilly bits, then down again!!

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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23 reviews 23 reviews
5 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2014

The Sinharaja Rain Forest is spectacular. We saw so many endemic birds, snakes and plants to Sri Lanka. We also got to tick off the Sri Lankan Blue Magpie and Sri Lankan Frogmouth from our "to see" list, which was extremely exciting. An absolutely incredible experience.

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Brisbane, Australia
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111 reviews 111 reviews
72 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014

We drove about 2 and a half hours from Koggala and then did the 5 km walk to a waterfall. Along the way we saw a green pit viper and a hump nosed lizard. Be sure to take a packed lunch as there is no where to buy food or water. Or local guide was very informative and showed us... More

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Varna, Bulgaria
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23 reviews 23 reviews
14 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

The trip inside the forest was a nice experience. It is after all a rainforest. Unfortunately we did not get the time to search for a good company in advance so we paid 7500rs for the entry. Compared with other sites in Sri Lanka it's a lot. The entry at deniyaya is 560rs so better to go yourself by tuktuk... More

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London, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

This is Amazing place, I think it is like amazon forest africa.. there is thousands of fauna and floras..../

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Colombo
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217 reviews 217 reviews
120 attraction reviews
219 helpful votes 219 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

Between Rakwana and Deniyaya is Suriyakanda, a tiny peaceful town with zero tourists. Morningside is about 7Kms from the town. Originally named by the colonial planters who grew tea on morningside, now it has been replaced by cardamom. Visitors can observe the entire process of cardamom production here. ‘Morningside’ was so named because it feels like it is morning all... More

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Beijing, China
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38 reviews 38 reviews
24 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

We lived in an ecolodge in the heart of the rainforest and participated two trekking led by local guide. It was nice to walk in the rainforest, but to be honest, it's not so special to us. We love the ecolodge itself better. I've been in Sip Son Panna (Xishuangbanna) of China last May, I find it's a better place... More

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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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28 reviews 28 reviews
18 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

The forest was so awesome and there are streams and you can have a lovely dip in just to relax and enjoy yourself. The forest is free from urban noise and you only hear the sound of the forest which is entertaining. It's rains most if the time and it's good to be soaked once in a while. Beware of... More

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