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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
Sinharaja Access Road | Deniyaya, Galle 81524, Sri Lanka
+94 71 071 4444
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Was on my to-do list for ages. finally did it with a group of friends. all four of us were girls, aged from 18 to 29 joined by two tourists who were staying in the same hotel in Ratnapura. We went through Kudawa. We did...More

2  Thank Tabbie k
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were drenched by torrential rain pretty much all of the time in this stunning rainforest. And the leeches were large and voracious. Several of our party were covered in blood despite all the protections taken. Yet this is a fantastic place for birders -...More

Thank Diomedia
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very quiet place, guide issued to you on arrival at park. Ours seemed a bit dis-interested. Trail along well used path. Saw a few birds, snake, plants. Ok if your passing but dont make a special trip to go.

Thank Tracey-Bruce
Reviewed 13 December 2017

This is a wonderful place to experience nature. It is home to a myriad of wonderful birds, plants and animals - but be prepared that you will see just a small amount of what is here. Our guide was very knowledgeable, finding Sri Lanka Frogmouth...More

2  Thank deniselamsdell
Reviewed 10 December 2017 via mobile

Protected area under forest department. Services for visitors are average. Good place to enjoy nature with nature trails and hiking. Good to visit during dry period.

Thank Prasad_Siriwardena
Reviewed 9 December 2017

Sri lankas one of the best rich bio diversity hots pot.Best place to see native plant species,Bird species ,Amphibian species as well as fresh water fish species.Best place to see many fresh water fishes including some endemics. Mostly come to see birds.but must do snorkeling...More

Thank Wnniarachchi Ka... N
Reviewed 9 December 2017

A true jungle experience. Use a local guide to get the most out of a walk in this rainforest - they know where to look and what to look for as many of the birds and animals are well camouflaged - monkeys, lizards, snakes, butterflies,...More

1  Thank 1tguide
Reviewed 3 December 2017 via mobile

This is by far the greatest and fullest of life jungle/forest I have ever been to, not just in Asia. Lots of animals, endless breathtaking sounds and a feel of adventure - guaranteed.

Thank Rafał W
Reviewed 20 November 2017 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 16 November 2017

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
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8 December 2017|
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Response from Sinharaja123 | Property representative |
Sir sir I m Prasad from explore sinharaja rainforest tours, I if you booked our tours we provide you leach socks for our gusts in addition to that we have very knowledgeable naturalist and park entrance fees, lunch and pick... More
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19 November 2017|
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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