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Sinharaja Forest Reserve

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Address: Galle, Sri Lanka
Activities: Birdwatching
Description: This national park is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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another amazing experience Sri Lanka offered including leeches!!! Even the long socks weren't long enough...

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 20, 2015
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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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Llanelli, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

A really true jungle experience with leeches trying to share your blood at every corner! Provided you wear leech socks and are vigilant you might get away without being bitten. But that's half the fun. The reserve itself is full of wildlife and the birds are spectacular.

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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

A beautiful rainforest with lots of secret surprises along the way. Makes for some great adventures!

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

We have noted the negative comments regarding this entrance and they seem well founded as we just had the most negative Rainforest Experience in 3 decades. A two and a half hour trip from Mirissa most in darkness to get there at dawn. At the village it was 2280 rupees for us as a couple plus 2000 for the Guide... More 

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Galle
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

one of the rich and famous rain forests in the world. Beautiful and elegant. it is a tiring journey into the forest. Please do not try this unless you really want to see this place. The fewer the people visit this place, the much safer it is.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

I have read a lot about the Rain Forest Reserve in UNESCO World Heritage List and I have wanted to visit it since. It fully met my expectations thanks to the guide Saman Shantha. I was impressed that he was born in this area and grown up there so he was like a part of this forest. He knew all... More 

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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

another amazing experience Sri Lanka offered including leeches!!! Even the long socks weren't long enough...

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Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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15 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

We found most of the key species, or rather our guide showed us where to look - Serendips Scops Owl, Sri Lankan Thrush, Sri Lankan Drongo, Asian Brown & Brown-breasted Flycatcher, Scimitar Babbler etc. Dipped on Sri Lankan Spurfowl despite one being within 2m and calling. A great place to visit - leech socks are absolutely necessary and you'll still... More 

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Wales, UK
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36 reviews 36 reviews
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

We had a simply wonderful day. We stayed at the Eco Villa in Deniyaya, hosted by naturalist guide Bandula Rathnayaka, who led our walk the following day. He showed us so many beautiful plants, birds, insects and reptiles. The lizards were especially beautiful. He took us up to the beautiful little Aranuwa river and to the Lankagama Kekuna Ella Falls,... More 

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New York
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

With a very knowledgeable and friendly guide for only two of us (thanks Nimal!), we had an amazing 5 hours easy trek in the middle of a wonderful rain forest. We went for bird watching (we saw about 12 endemic species) but also saw monkeys, snakes, spiders, giant squirrels and plenty of other interesting things such a leaf ant nest... More 

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Paris, France
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Great feeling to explore the forest. You feel so tiny in the tropical rainforest ! Made a 6-hour off-road trip in the forest (excursion done with the Deniyaya National Motel staff).

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