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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
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"leech socks"
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"green pit viper"
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This is a great old rainforest, with several trails. We went with a nature guide who runs a guesthouse nearby (see other review). The forest itself was a great experience but the wildlife was totally absent on my trip. I came back very disappointed and...More

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Reviewed today

Unlike other hikes in Sri Lanka, here you need to hire a guide in order to explore the forest due to the existence of wild animals inside the park........ It's always better to wear the leach socks, not only to get rid of leaches.....but also...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago

We have experienced real rain forest entertainment. The guidance provided by the relevant authorities are very good. Gain good knowledge about our own plants trees and animals. Ues appropriate clothing when traveling. Guaranteed real eco experience. Mathugama, Kalavana, Rakvana Rd, Weddagala juck. Roads are very...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We took two fairly long treks two days in a row. Our guide was Nimal both treks, and he was very good. He never rushed us, and went out of his way to give us a great experience. We think most people only do one...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stayed at the Sinharaja Forest Sanctuary which is at walking distance from the Sinharaja Forest Reserve. Sanjaya was presented as the Forest Reserve guide affiliated with Sinharaja Forest Sanctuary. We were told things are very organized in the area, impossible to hire another guide...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

" Sinharaja " was the one who taught me much about writing and photography even though I’m still a novice in those areas. Time it properly as the rains can be extremely difficult to explore the terrain. Leech Protection is vital unless it’s a very...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Fabulous forest reserve for bird lovers and nature lovers in general. This forest has been rescued from and attempted mass logging in late 1970's, when a dedicated group of scientist mounted a scientifically informed campaign. Since then it has been designated as a Man And...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A highlight of our recent wonderful trip organised by Tailor-made, a division of Jetwing Travels, was the magnificent Sinharaja Forest. We were privileged to stay at the Rainforest Ecolodge, on the edge of the forest. This meant we were right on site very early in...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were picked up by our driver via Shelton Tours. Unfortunately our early 4.30 am start was slightly marred by the driver getting lost and adding 30 minutes to the journey, thus possibly missing some of the birds we wanted to see. That said our...More

Thank sld d
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I've always wanted to go into a "jungle" and here my dream came true!! Dense and full of mysterious plants, with lianas to climb, reptiles and birds, one of the highlights of my trip to Sri Lanka. One should not underestimate the guide - without...More

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Lyn B
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When we went in the month of January our guide told us it wasn’t necessary to wear long pants so we had a short on and this wasn’t a problem
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20 March 2018|
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Response from Tabbie k | Reviewed this property |
Better early. We went there at nine and the guides were booked already. We had to wait for another 2 hours
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28 January 2018|
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Response from Tracey-Bruce | Reviewed this property |
When you went into the reserve, just at the ticket office, their was a row of guides sitting waiting to take you round. You automatically get assigned one. The guides pay seemed to be included in the ticket price, but of... More
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