Makandawa Forest Reserve
Makandawa Forest Reserve
4.5
Nature & Wildlife AreasForests
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Siepko Verhoef
10 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Nice hike with visiting a waterfall. Mainly good path to walk.
By small ferry you have to cross the river. Entrance fee is not too high
Written 12 February 2020
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TravellingSands
Chennai (Madras), India474 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
The forest reserve boasts of un touched flora and a lot of indigenous fauna. Entrance tickets are high as all attractions in Srilanka do. we had a wonderful time trekking , watching birds and bathing in the waterfalls. Good halt for nature lovers.
Written 13 January 2020
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Bill R
London, UK84 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019 • Solo
I took the boat across the river three times and the followed clear paths into the forest . The paths wind up and down through the forest providing a good work out in the humid conditions . I saw a good variety of birds and on an evening night walk heard both the endemic Frogmouth and Serendip Scops Owl .
Written 1 April 2019
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Thomas H
35 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018 • Couples
Huge range of bird species and excellent, well maintained trails. High price tag for entry and lack of information mars it.
Written 23 December 2018
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Gerry C
York, UK325 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2018 • Couples
Stopped off here en route to Colombo on a recommendation of a local person.
Our driver managed to get a ‘local guide’ who was told we wanted to see/photograph birds.
The guide duly took us to the river for a boat crossing across to the Makadawa Forest Reserve. The guides English was virtually non existent. We paid our entrance fee (about £3 p.p) and off we went. He took us to a waterfall and wanted to guide us across slippery rocks at the waterfalls base. How we never broke an ankle of leg is beyond me. In addition, I had an expensive camera and long lens around my neck, how that too survived is miricle, as we both slipped into the river knee high several times. The guide wanted us to then climb up the waterfall. Enough was enough. We told him we wanted to go back.
We never saw a single bird in the forest and we got attacked by leeches from the foot to the groin and we both had long trousers on, which were tied at their bottoms.
I don’t wish to deter anyone from visiting what is a beautiful place but please be aware of the potential pitfalls if doing so.
Written 5 December 2018
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SydneyTraveller2016
Sydney, Australia8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2018 • Couples
It is quite a job to get there but the park offers well maintained tracks with a number of different destinations. We walked to the waterfall..which was more like a series of rocky rapids...and had a swim in one of the pools. We walked for about six Ks all up without seeing another person. But watch out for leeches!!!! I picked at least ten off my shoes and socks and only one managed to bite. Do not wear sandals under any circumstances.
Written 2 October 2018
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Graham L
Maroochydore180 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018 • Couples
We visited the Reserve during our stay at Kitulgala.
There is a large variety of bird life to be seen and photographed.
Of course you are walking through a rainforest/jungle so the pathways are rough and require mobility to access steps and inclines, but well worth the effort. I did manage to pick up a few leeches on our walk, but see this as a possible consequence of walking in a rainforest and no harm done!
Written 30 March 2018
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Diomedia
London344 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2017 • Friends
Take the small ferry to the Reserve and immerse yourself in the forest. It is just a lovely place to enjoy.
Written 31 December 2017
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PLONKSTER
Churchdown, UK262 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2017 • Couples
Full of Birds, butterflies and natural beauty. It would be a shame not to venture across the river and visit this place
Written 17 December 2017
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Diane S
Dhahran, Saudi Arabia87 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2017 • Couples
We had a guide who took us here and the journey was well worth it. very twisty road to the top, traffic was not too bad. The river is quite beautiful with lots of wildlife.
Written 14 September 2017
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