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Sinharaja Forest Reserve

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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...more
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Sinharaja Access Road, Mederipitiya, | Deniyaya, Galle 81524, Sri Lanka
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We went there by tuck tuck. When we arraived there, we had a nice 4 hours walk thru the Jungle on a good trail. Our guide showed us a snake and some spiders. It was a great experience. The Landscape and nature are amazing.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Sebdie01
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Dificult roads to get there, but incredible landscapes - similar to Avatar movie. On a road trip, one day in the rainforest is a must go

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank rudolfv452
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

As I didn’t find enough instructions and what to expect while searching I thought of writing the review with all the details included which I got to know from our guide and I assume it will help the future travelers. Excuse for this long review...More

Date of experience: January 2019
3  Thank senjay97
Reviewed 1 week ago

Although we had a great time here and saw lots of wildlife, including snakes beware of the scams. Here's what happened to us and we had an organised driver, who I actually didn't always trust unfortunately. He tried to tell us we needed to find...More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank gypsyrocket333
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

One of these largest remaining lowland tropical rain forest in Sri Lanka with exeptional biodiversity. The best time to visit there is during January to March where you get less rain during the day time. It's better to take Leach socks and insect repellents if...More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank salindrakasun
Reviewed December 11, 2018 via mobile

Very very massive nature stock in sri lanka at sinharaja forest with few small waterfalls also.you can get valuable snaps at there for your memorable albums

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank sherry_dissa
Reviewed December 9, 2018

This is a unique tropical rainforest experience, best done by having a local guide ( certificate and ID). The guides generally live in the forest village and have an amazing knowledge of the abundant wildlife and rainforest ecosystem. Within 2 hours from Galle Fort it...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank firestix
Reviewed December 5, 2018 via mobile

Its an amazing calm place in sri lanka, love the green colour and thewater falls. Nice tour towards to Sinharaja forest. Well recommend to visit.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Piumanu
Reviewed November 30, 2018

We enjoyed our walk in the forest reserve. The guides are very good at pointing out wildlife: lizards, snails, snakes, and a variety of birds. Because its heavily wooded its hard to get great photographs of the birds, compared to the national parks in the...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank idahosail
Reviewed November 26, 2018 via mobile

A great place to visit tropical rain forest reserves in Asia. This place ia very important for ecology of lanka and he of great birds.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank rjpriyanka
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September 13, 2018|
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Response from prasadj2018 | Property representative |
Sinharaja Forest Edge situated right Edge of the forest entrance
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August 11, 2018|
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Response from Vachintha | Reviewed this property |
Make sure you're ready to sweat a little. Cotton t-shirts, shorts with walking/hiking shoes.
July 18, 2018|
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Response from Vachintha | Reviewed this property |
To get to Sinharaja from Galle, it'll take around 3 hours. If you intend to photograph and cover the entire park, you'll need to spare at least 4 hours.
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Dear readers, We are planneing our trip traveliing around Sri Lanka this summer (july/august) with 2 adults & 2 teenagers. Our intiary is at the bottem of this post. Lots of stuff is still open and can be changed. Nothing is booked yet, not even flights. The questions we have are: - Is this schedule reasonable? - How do we travel around? - Should we expect having problems finding something to eat for a person who has a problem with lactose and refined sugar? Our idea is...More
January 31, 2016|
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Already replied to Dutch version, so won't do to this one and neither the 2nd Dutch one at ww. But if people give IMHO incorrect answers or follow-up questions arise of course we DE's might have to jump in ;-) All the best, <Erik> & [Sandya]
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Hi! I ll be going this month to Sri Lanka and I ll be using Tissa as a base and i have a few questions: 1. How much would cost a private driver to take us (2 people) from Badulla or reverse? 2. Is it easy to access Yala National Park and how long and how much would it cost? 3. is it easy to access Bundala National Park and how lonf and how much would it cost? 4. How easy is it to access Udawalawe National park and how long and how much would it cost? 5, How easy it is to access...More
January 05, 2017|
Response fromb n b hbPrasanhh na Aobm|
Hi Replied to your first question thought you trip is to a' pura ,Sigiriya and Kandy and then so this. Like I recommended don't calculate the cost and distance this way. Complicated and you will get the wrong picture . instead contact travel companies And give your itinerary and ask for quotations for driver/ guide without commitment for his food and accommodation. Few guaranteed travel companies are Aitken spence Walker tours Tangerine tours Abans tours There are lots of...More
Sally R
Sinharaja Forest day trip from Galle/Matara - advice please! (3 Replies)
Hello I was wondering whether Sinharaja Forest Reserve is possible as a day trip from either Galle or Matara? If so, is it easier to get there from Galle or Matara? Even though it will likely be more problematic (or impossible), public transport is preferred due to cost. Additionally, if you are able to get there early enough can you find a guide at the Deniyaya entrance? If so, what is the average price for one day? Any tips on public transport/what time to set off are more than...More
February 03, 2016|
Response fromErikandSandya|
Hi there, If you leave Matara around 7 AM to Akuressa, possibly with a transfer there, you can be Deniyaya town by 9 and get a tuktuk to entrance. Hence just doable, from Galle too far. See tripadvisor.com/Travel-g293961-c205891/Sri-L… for prices and the info about the tracker. All the best, <Erik> & [Sandya]