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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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World heritage site!

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 30, 2015
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Galle
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

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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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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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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111 reviews 111 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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33 reviews 33 reviews
11 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 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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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Superb experience a beautiful place and best to experience with a guide - watch out for leeches - leech socks are available and recommended.

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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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21 reviews 21 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

Flippin' awesome. For an extra adventure, enter through the parks remote northern entrance, straight into the heart of the rainforest.

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Maidstone, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

We were disappointed with this trip. We decided to spend a night in the area and therefore took 2 days of our holiday. Although we saw most of the animals we were expecting the 3 hour return trip to the waterfall didn't live up to expectations. We had expected to be on a trail in the wilderness jungle. Instead we... More 

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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

Excellent guided 3 hour walk through the forest, only saw another two couples and such a varied selection of birds I have never seen before, even a group of Blue Magpies with their insane colouring.

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