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Sinharaja Forest Reserve

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Address: | Deniyaya, Galle 81524, Sri Lanka
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+94 71 071 4444
06:00 - 18:00
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Sun - Sat 06:00 - 18:00

SINHARAJA RAIN FOREST is a world heritage and bio diversity hotspot which...

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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Excellent birding

You can see most of Sri Lanka's endemic birds here. The trails are well marked and in good condition. It is mandatory to have one of the park staff accompany you. The ones we met... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

You can see most of Sri Lanka's endemic birds here. The trails are well marked and in good condition. It is mandatory to have one of the park staff accompany you. The ones we met were very helpful and birds, plants and animals in the park.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very beautiful forest, lots of birds and other animals. You pay about 1000 rupees entrance fee. Hike (with guide) is pretty easy to do.

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was presented to me as a pristine rain forest on the list of the unesco world heritage. You need to pay entrance and take a guide to get in. So far so good. But once you entered this 'pristine' rain forrest every 5 minutes you need to jump out of the way for a motorbike! The explanation is that... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A wonderful place with many birds, animals and insects to see. You are advised to buy the special canvas leggings which you put on inside your shoes and which cinch at the knee, like long socks, as a deterrent against leeches. The track up the hill is very rough, with big stones, sharp stones, and boulders. This will be much... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We took the bus to deniyaya and stayed in the village for two nights. Our host offered us a tour through the rainforest and I can highly recommend it.The flora and fauna is incredibly diverse. Since it was the first rainforest for me I was quite amazed by the dense green network of plants and the intriguing background sounds of... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Sinharaja Forest reserve is a rain forest located in the south-west of Sri Lanka. Sinharaja is a dense forest and contains an amazing variety of flora and fauna. This is a must-go destination for avid birders. One can sight most of the endemic birds of Sri Lanka in Sinharaja. Red-faced Malkoha, Sri Lanka Scimitar Babbler, Scaly Thrush, Green-billed Coucal, Ashy-headed... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We saw many endemic birds, found in Sri Lanka only. The Forest provides a guide, but we also had our own tour guide. The Forest guides do not speak a lot of English, but they can find the birds. We wore leech socks and did have leeches on our clothes. Tuck your shirt in. Wear a hat. Sunscreen, etc. Be... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great birding from well defined trails wandering up and down through the rain forest. Park guide essential - and well,worth it- our guide knew all the calls and had the more difficult species staked out. Dry weather meant no problems with leeches.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2017

The Sinharaja Rainforest tour guide was one of the top must-do activities on our list and it certainly was worth it. Just a few notes for other fellow tourists: Should you wish to visit the rainforest, it takes approximately two and a half hours from Unawatuna. By car it should cost no more than 7,000 LKR there and back, and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017

Sinharaja is supremely tough to get to, but it's worth it! A trek with one of the guides here will take you through a dense, loud jungle. You'll see lots of stuff - from snakes, to endemic plants, to monkeys. Apart from that, those who like the water will be treated to multiple waterfalls, a lake with 'doctor fish' that... More 

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