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Sinharaja Forest Reserve
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Sinharaja Rain Forest Walk and Bird Watching...
Ranked #6 of 67 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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Reviewed June 14, 2014

Stayed at Rainforest View lodge near the Deniyaya entrance & had a bittersweet experience. While the forest was excellent, the compulsory forestry guide tried to rip us off by charging us triple the published rate for guiding.

4  Thank Marc A
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Reviewed June 13, 2014

This jungle is definitely worth at look at, it's a jungle in Sri Lanka so it's beautiful.

I didn't book pre book anything, there is no need, I took a Tuk Tuk with Raja, an amazing, funny and informative man who pointed out stuff on the way and showed me photo opportunities too.

Excellent English and also made sure I was charged correctly for water and bananas on the way. I booked him through my amazing hotel fort bliss villa, the manager Arman is also fantastic, take some time to chat with him, extremely interesting.

Anyway he can book Raja for your Tuk yuk, he also walked with me and the guide, my guide was provided at the park and you pay 1500rup I also tipped 1000.

Raja has a proper tour company and also provides cars too, take a Tuk Tuk it's more fun, easier for photos taking and just a better experience

We saw monkeys, lizards, a wonderful waterfall and no other tourists!!! Great day

1  Thank Scuba_J_Diving
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Reviewed June 10, 2014

Great wildlife. Guide spoke no English at all :-( would have paid extra for someone who could talk to us about the rainforest and wildlife. N oone warned us it was 10k up rocky hilly bits, then down again!!

4  Thank H-SOldham
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Reviewed May 1, 2014 via mobile

The Sinharaja Rain Forest is spectacular. We saw so many endemic birds, snakes and plants to Sri Lanka. We also got to tick off the Sri Lankan Blue Magpie and Sri Lankan Frogmouth from our "to see" list, which was extremely exciting.

An absolutely incredible experience.

5  Thank DonPackett
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Reviewed April 22, 2014 via mobile

We drove about 2 and a half hours from Koggala and then did the 5 km walk to a waterfall. Along the way we saw a green pit viper and a hump nosed lizard. Be sure to take a packed lunch as there is no where to buy food or water. Or local guide was very informative and showed us many of the medicinal plants in the forest.
The entrance fee was only 250 rupees each. Although it takes a bit of getting there it is well worth the trip, highly recommended!!

2  Thank John H
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