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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
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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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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... read more

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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 6 days ago NEW

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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Galle, Sri Lanka
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

So we stayed at godella green park hotel deniyaya, which is an amazing customer service with a friendly owner and food is out of this world. From the hotel to the entrance of sinharaja is a bit close by. But cost u around 17 dollars up n down to go by tuk tuks as I won't advice any other vehicle... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Fortunately we had a good guide. He showed us many places with a different amphibiaan species especially poisonous snakes! He didn't talk fluent english but he tried to explain us everything what he found! Thanks to him we saw interesting species of plants and animals!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It was absolutely refreshing and breathtaking encounter with nature. Going into the forest with absolute thick cover of trees was an amazing feeling

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Unspoiled rain forest with an expert guide made our visit a special day. Not easy. To find but worth the effort

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It is certainly an amazing forest. Thou visiting is limited experience as very difficult to see the so wanted animals. The most amazing has been seeing the forest at sunset, in the night with the fog, in the early morning, and driving along it on the north side!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Excellent reserve with many hard to find Sri Lankan endemic bird species. To get to the reserve you have to have a local driver in a 4x4 vehicle which quite often will be an old WW2 jeep. Once in the Reserve there is some walking and beware there are leeches.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2016

Stayed at Rain forest View lodge near the Deniyaya entrance & had a bittersweet experience. While the forest was excellent.Guide spoke no English at all. Carry water and snacks.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2016 via mobile

We went to Sinharaja from Unawatuna. It's around 90 kms away from Unawatuna. We started at 7.30 am from Galle & reached there by 10 am. Then we did 3 hours tour in forest reserve. We opted for shorter trail which is of about 7 kms. It was really a nice experience. Waterfall was most amazing of the trail. The... More 

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