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“If you are keen on rainforest then might be worth a visit”

Sinharaja Forest Reserve
Ranked #5 of 58 things to do in Galle
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Owner description: 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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Melbourne, Australia
Level 6 Contributor
100 reviews
37 attraction reviews
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“If you are keen on rainforest then might be worth a visit”
Reviewed July 8, 2012

If you really like rainforest then this is a good place to go. Particularly if you are interested in the flora. It is a bit away from the usual tourist haunts but is very important as suggested by its world heritage status.
Didn't see much wildlife other than a few butterflies and there certainly are no stunning views. Also be prepared for the leaches.

Visited June 2012
Thank robbotravel
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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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“Good nature experience- and Good bungalow inside the forest”
Reviewed June 19, 2012

If you’re willing to go to sinharaj forest , the best may be not to make a one day trip , if you can book a bungalow inside the forest ,through Forest Conservation department, that would be ideal (But please not you have to take all provisions ,they only cook and give you the food), their you can have a bath in the river in the morning and evening , walking in the forest during the day time, that makes it a very special palace , there are about 7 waterfalls to visit within the forest ,but the route it bit tough. You have to take leech replicate also,
I was there last week for 3 day trip and I enjoyed a lot, if you travelling from deniyaya side you have to walk 1.5Km to the bungalow ,parking the vehicle at a nearby place, a car cannot travel on this road ,so it’s better if u can hire VAN with good clearance.

Visited June 2012
3 Thank TravelerRanitha
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Tel Aviv, Israel
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“One of the major disappointments of our trip to Sri Lanka”
Reviewed April 1, 2012

Sinharaja forest was one of the great disappointments of our trip to Sri Lanka. Forest road is very long and does not justify the trip. Walking is the large, central pathway, did not enter into the forest. We were there three hours and barely saw a few lizards, two orchids and monkeys that were very far away. Plants was not special. There was not really anything special. If you want tosee a rain forest go somewhere else ...

Visiting friends advised us to give up, but we heard about the place and we thought maybe they are wrong and we were disappointed to discover they were right.
Maybe a day trip there can be seen more things?

Visited March 2012
4 Thank yaffabe
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Galle, Sri Lanka
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“Lion-King (Sinharaja) best place for Nature Lovers”
Reviewed March 17, 2012

Why Sinharaja ? Means Lion-King (Sinha- Raja) . The Forest spread over the districts of Ratnapura, Galle and Matara. Rainforest spread over 100,000 hectares of the south western hills and lowlands.
this forest represents a tropical rain forest with dense tall trees, steep and rugged hills and rivulets. The value of forests such as Sinharaja are well known for their functions as watersheds and store houses of great biological wealth.

We access through the Deniyana (From Galle) also you can access Kalawana (Via Ratnaupura - Vaddagala)

There are many circuit bungalows at the both ends udawa and deniyaya.
There are trackers you can hire for your jounery through the forest.
I recommend you go with Naturalist...

Visited January 2012
3 Thank Laktours
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“A definite Must for Nature lovers”
Reviewed March 16, 2012

Don't miss it if you are of any biological tendencies. Try to take morning AND evening sessins. They differ...

Visited February 2012
2 Thank oronp
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