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“The most special forest I've ever seen”

Sinharaja Forest Reserve
Ranked #5 of 57 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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Wuustwezel, Belgium
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“The most special forest I've ever seen”
Reviewed November 6, 2012

Sinharaja Forest was on my wishlist since we started to plan our trip to Sri Lanka. I never visited a rainforest before, so I was really looking forward to it. We booked the trip in our hotel, so they took care of the transport by tuktuk (otherwise we never find the entrance to the forest I suppose) and a guide (without a guide, you can't get in).
We arrived in the afternoon, wich is apperently not the best time to watch the birds. Fortunatly we saw enough other animals to compensate the abscense of the birds. For example we saw chameleons, monkeys, a giant centipede, a big waspnest, a little green snake... First we thougt our guide was quite laid-back, but he was more alert than he looked and spotted a lot of animals. He told us about the vegetation and helped me also to remove the leaches from my legs.
We had to cross a river and ended the tour by a nice waterfall. It was a shame we didn't know that, otherwise we had brought some swimmingclothes and towels. After having lunch, we had to take the same path back.
After all it was a very nice experience, but I do regret it was such a short trip. We were lucky to be there in low season, it must be less special with lots of tourist around.

Visited October 2012
5 Thank Leen D
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Auckland, New Zealand
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“Trip to Sinharaja”
Reviewed November 3, 2012

Had a awesome trip to Sinharaja where you and mother nature meet and great each other. Natural pure spring water and clean oxygen with beauty of its own. Stayed there for 2 days and will go again in the near future. Miss it so badly. We stayed at a wonderful eco lodge and the owner Mr. Anil is very friendly and supportive. Food was lovely and the service was simply superb.

Visited October 2012
6 Thank Hafsal
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Austin, Texas
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Reviewed October 31, 2012

We had a really nice walk in the rain forest. Unfortunately for us the weather wasn't so good and we didn't get to see any birds in the reserve (though we saw several kingfishers in the paddy fields on the way to the reserve).

We did get to see a couple of snakes, lizards and spiders. Leeches are a problem but if you keep rubbing salt around your shoes you should be fine. Another option would be to walk in your flip flops and shorts, which we saw our guide do successfully and without any problems.

Carry water and snacks.

Visited November 2012
3 Thank Johny_daniel
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Brighton, United Kingdom
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“This is a great place for a walk, watch out for leeches tho”
Reviewed October 9, 2012

We spent a very good morning walking in the rain forest with our guide.
I would have liked to go off the track a little but we did see some great animals.
The motobikes going up and down the path is a little odd.
I missed out on the swim in the waterfall pool as i was feeling a little down as i was lunch to four leeches and my left leg was still bleeding and covered in blood.
Get yourselves there and spend 1/2 a day.
I would have liked the guest house where we were staying to offer a different walk, as we would loved to done two walks.

Visited October 2012
Thank RobE_AdamD
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Brisbane, Australia
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“Off the beaten track - and well worth the trouble”
Reviewed October 3, 2012

We stayed at Martin's Lodge, simple but ideal for its forest surroundings and Martin is very knowledgeable about the area. Take guided walks into the forest.

Visited January 2012
2 Thank xxdfarre
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