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Sinharaja Forest Reserve

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Address: | Deniyaya, Galle 81524, Sri Lanka
Phone Number: +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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As a nature enthusiast - "Heavenly"

If you love trees, water falls, absolute quiescence and hiking, this is most definitely a must visit when in Sri Lanka. We entered through the district known as 'Ratnapura' which... read more

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Taichung, Taiwan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

If you love trees, water falls, absolute quiescence and hiking, this is most definitely a must visit when in Sri Lanka. We entered through the district known as 'Ratnapura' which was a 2.5 hours drive by car from Colombo. It is vital to take the highway from Colombo or face traffic which could lengthen the journey to anywhere between 4... More 

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

(1) Entrance from north side of forest is accessed through small roads and some stoney tracks - fine for vehicles etc but not a main road by any stretch of imagination - not many signs to it until you get much closer. (2) Car park right by the tourist entrance - very basic facilities - toilets are just a hole... More 

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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Bordered by 4 districts, a world heritage site. About ten months of rain per year with average temperatures around the 20 to 25 C. Home to a number of birds that are endemic to this forest. Also said to be home to bigger mammals such as elephants, leopards and deer though I have not seen them with me eyes probably... More 

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Jaffna, Sri Lanka
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

i visited with my friends... we selected the pitadeniya entrance... intiallly its too difficult to find the correct entrance using navigation but we got it... we got a wonderful guide named hamal.. really had a nice trekking with friends and really enjoyed bathing in the water fall..... guide explained lot lot things about animals and plants which we are crossing...... More 

Thank Ram K
Hamburg, Germany
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

-We booked the 10h Tour to the Lions Rock directly at our hotel (Sinharaja Rain Forest View Villas) and paid $95 for 2 people including a lunch packet. From what I could find in the internet it seemed like a fair price. I think it was $65 for 2 people for the 6h Waterfall tour. - we asked for a... More 

1 Thank BowOn7
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Shortly, we'll be uploading the photo of our guide. We can't remember his name but he was incredible. He was so sweet, friendly, helpful, knowledgeable and willing to show us the best of Sinharaja! We learnt so much along our way but I won't put too much on here as it's great to learn as you go. He asked us... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

3 lovely waterfalls with higher bio-divercity.. roads are not that great.. go in the morning as their are elephants around the access road in the evening.. from tje car park have to walk 3km since the roads are very tiny and accessible only from bikes.. so be prepared. carry tourches if you happen to go in the evening.. Leave nothing... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

A couple of previous reviewers have referred to this as 'rainforest lite' and that would probably be a fair description. However, that is not necessarily a bad thing. The paths are well made and mostly flat and make for relatively easy walking. We booked an official park guide to take us round and he was very good at spotting many... More 

2 Thank Lynandphil
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

This forest is a wonderful place, a beautiful tropical forest, quite some interesting animals and a beautiful waterfall. However, it was very disappointing that there is no fixed prices, that there is motorbikes driving in the forest all the time (in order to reach a village nearby), there is dogs that the guides do not try to keep out and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

i have been more then 15 time to singharaja. Kudawa,weddagala,Kalawana entrance and Galle side entrance. if you want to get real rain forest experience i recommended only Kudawa, kalawana entrance. reason is this entrance available facilitates more than other entrance. in this entrance available good knowledgeable site tour guide,they have many experience about the forest,birds,snakes,and all around the forest.they help... More 

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