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Sinharaja Forest Reserve

#5 of 58 things to do in Galle Features Animals
Sinharaja Access Road | Deniyaya, Galle 81524, Sri Lanka
+94 71 071 4444
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A good place for a day out , if you are a nature lover and an wildlife guy . This place has some... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
hasitha s
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One of the adventures hikes you can have when you visit to Sri Lanka. The forest is in the middle... read more

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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 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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“leech socks” (16 reviews)
“endemic birds” (13 reviews)
“bird watching” (12 reviews)
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Sinharaja Access Road | Deniyaya, Galle 81524, Sri Lanka
+94 71 071 4444
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

A good place for a day out , if you are a nature lover and an wildlife guy . This place has some amazing sceneries and rare birds for bird photographers . A must go place in Srilanka . Also you should not forget a...More

1  Thank hasitha s
Reviewed 1 week ago

One of the adventures hikes you can have when you visit to Sri Lanka. The forest is in the middle of the country and you can see so many endemic plants, reptiles, and other wildlife too. you can feel the mother nature for sure in...More

Thank Romenco
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wear strong hiking shoes as the trek to the waterfall is very strenuous. Wear socks as the leeches are out. Our guide put salt on our feet to keep the leeches away - it worked.

Thank Loveanimals_12
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Sinharaja Rain forest is an amazing experience that you can do if you love nature and wild life. there are many indigenous plants and animals that lives in the Sinharaja forest and there are five plus beautiful waterfalls that you can visit and explore. The...More

Thank Danushka W
Reviewed May 19, 2017

Situated in three districts. And this is the most famous rain forest in Sri Lanka. Endemic fauna and flora can be seen. People says that there are black jaguars living here and in history only one body had been found.

1  Thank Pasan M
Reviewed April 28, 2017

There seems to be a general myth that detergent and soapy water will get rid of leeches and this old timer is here to tell you that it DOES NOT. As well, the leeches here are faster than in China, Vietnam, Thailand and Australia -...More

2  Thank Liveandlearn2017
Reviewed April 20, 2017 via mobile

The Rainforest guide found a lot of birds and indigious animals for us to photograph, including a very rare Frog-owl with his mate. We truly enjoyed the experience! The forest is impressive and the paths are well used. The hike was doable; it is wise...More

Thank Marjo v
Reviewed April 17, 2017

What a stunning experience - must do! One of the great things about Sri Lanka is the variety within geographical proximity. You can travel from the beach to the rainforest and back within a day!

Thank evansithomas
Reviewed April 16, 2017

Beautiful view, gorgeous pagoda - historic place. Apparently you can find some herbs, dropped by Hanuman, which can only be found in the Himalaya and in Rumassala. The Peace Pagoda is indeed a very peaceful place.

Thank evapriyanakawegener
Reviewed April 14, 2017 via mobile

We went on a photographic excursion . We were able to do 4 KM treak . Quite exhausting but beautiful . You need to go with ketches socks and Umbrellas for sudden rain . You get to see few endemic birds and flora fauna ....More

Thank Praveen P
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Indu E
June 16, 2017|
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Response from Seevali D | Reviewed this property |
It is the rainy season in the south of Sri Lanka. I doubt whether this is a good time to visit Sinharaja Forest area. If you do, please take preventative measures to prevent the leeches from climbing on you!! Good Luck!!
chani i
February 24, 2017|
Response from Dushyantha P | Reviewed this property |
There are numerous bird enthusiast clubs in SL. I dont have contact details but you could try the web for contacts. A basic guide book on birds of wet zone in SL will also be helpful. Spotting them in Sinharaja will be a... More
Jam K
January 15, 2017|
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Response from Ram K | Reviewed this property |
helllo, jam k i will recommend guide named hemal he is very good guide not only for birds he explains evrthing well inside forest in english