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Sinharaja Forest Reserve

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Sinharaja Access Road | Deniyaya, Galle 81524, Sri Lanka
+94 71 071 4444
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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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Sinharaja Access Road | Deniyaya, Galle 81524, Sri Lanka
+94 71 071 4444
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Took the short hike around 3,5 hours. There is alot to see and its hard to see animals without a guide. Our guide spotted alot of small various species that we ourself never would of seen. End of the hike there was a smallwaterfall which...More

Thank Joakim U
Reviewed 1 week ago

Such a diverse array of wildlife, different to the rest of the country. Had 2 days to visit and wish we could have stayed longer.

Thank Shannon F
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We started our tour from Diniyaya and entered the rainforest from the south. We took a tuktuk from our guest house and met our guide Sanjaya. It was a lovely tour. We saw so many animals thanks to Sanjaya. He explained us a lot about...More

Thank Ko L
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We love this place so much Because there are so many flora and fauna Also endemic to Sri Lankan wild animals

Thank Kumara A
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great walk in the forest. You have to take a guide with you. He will show you different animals and birds. Also, take your swimsuits, because at the end of the short walk (2.5 km one way) there is a waterfall where you will be...More

Thank Irene M
Sinharaja123, Manager at Sinharaja Forest Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Some tour agents provide you leach socks , best thing is were a leach socks and apply soult on it.

Reviewed 19 October 2017

One place which is close to my heart. Even I have visited here more than 25 time still want to visit again. A paradise for bird lovers can easily see more than 50 variety of birds. This is the Ideal place to watch the bird...More

1  Thank newtonjsurg
Reviewed 21 September 2017

This is not bad.. But simple than anything I have seen, in the 2 years I have lived in Sri Lanka. My walk has lasted only 4 hours to go and back. What the guide showed me wasn't spectacular (different trees, biggest squirels..)okkkk. It's tood...More

2  Thank Margaux D
Reviewed 3 September 2017

This was a great experience. The guide was so knowledgeable about the plants and animals. I was particularly interested in the varied uses of the plants for food and medicines. We saw a pit viper, spiders, birds and many lizards. The whole experience was wonderful....More

Thank Jane B
Reviewed 20 August 2017

The walk in the rainforest was a great experience! you never know what you will see but there is always something to see, especially with a good guide. We had an excellent guide "Thandula", who not only speaks excellent english but really is an expert...More

1  Thank IrmT
Reviewed 13 August 2017

a real untouched place, go and be respectful. it will be amazing. if raining be prepared and bring some salt for leaches :)

2  Thank Federico T
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19 November 2017|
Response from Romenco | Reviewed this property |
yes, you can do the same day those trips, but you have to take 3-4 buses per one way. it's very difficult and tired tour if you take a bus. mirissa-aluthgama/kaluthara-mathugama routes have buses any time. but it's a bit... More
2 September 2017|
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Response from Seevali D | Reviewed this property |
One other thing - further to my previous response. There are leeches at Sinharaja especially if the ground is wet. They sell Leech socks at the entrance. Take some insect repllant with you and spray the leech socks with... More