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“Be carefull with leeches”

Sinharaja Forest Reserve
Ranked #6 of 60 things to do in Galle
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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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Reviewed 13 August 2011

We went to the park with a local guide and before we started we put salt in our socks to prevent leeches to get us. We forest very beautifull place. With water falls and pool where we can swin. An all day program and very interresting. But at we need to lock for the leeches all the and take them off.
This spoil a little bit our pleasure.

6  Thank Moshe47
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Reviewed 2 July 2011

I took a 3 hour tuk-tuk from Mirissa on some of the worse roads I have been on only to be informed that I must hire a guide to take a walk in the park. The guide was clueless. A little while later I saw 3 men just past the bridge to the village by the rangers station. They were dynamite fishing and the people running the park didn't care. Hard to considerate it a world heritage site with that kind of activities going on.

12  Thank updog247
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Reviewed 5 January 2011

Nature in its true form. Nothing has been altered to attract more tourists. Not even road signs. The experience was truly breathtaking & unique. A Trek through a virgin rainforest without the fear of being attacked by wild animals.

There’re many areas in Sinharaja that no human being has set foot on. Nobody ventures that deep into the rainforest. The tree growth got thicker & thicker as we went in. These are the moments that defy all the other experiences in our lives. No human contact, no mobile coverage, no nearby hospitals, but only the sound of the insects & the deep darkness of the forest in a sunny afternoon.

Old sinhala legends claim that the forest was royal territory belonging to ancient kings & in some early colonial records, the rainforest is referred to as the “Rajasinghe Forest”

We stopped only for a little rest at times, since we had lots of ground to cover. But the amount of time dedicated for certain beauties of the nature was priceless.

The variety of the vegetation was exquisite. The further we ventured into the forest, the distance between two trees got closer. There’re some parts of the forest where we couldn’t see more than 20 feet ahead.

Sinharaja is filled with birds, butterflies & snakes. I was fortunate enough to witness several of their kind.

If you enjoy the natural bio-diversity, this is the best place to be in Sri Lanka to study about them. there's a research center inside the forest as well. There're no wild animals except for a couple of wild elephants who're rarely seen.

14  Thank Aiden44
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Reviewed 28 March 2009

We have been twice to Sinharaja now and we are so looking forward to going back.
I can not give you any technical details about the place, (but i see that the person who wrote the previews review did a great job) but i can tell you what its like for an outsider to visit this place.
We drove to Sinharaja early morning, after driving through some beautiful hills full of tea plantations, we arrived at the entrance. The entrance fee to the forest is around 600Rupees per person and we had our video camera with us so we had to pay an extra fee for it, but trust me, its totally worth it. it all came down to around 10 euros for the both of us plus the cost of the guide.

Let me start by saying that the best time to visit this place is from January to April, when its dry season so there is no rain.
The first time we went to Sinharaja it was May 2008, and it was rainy season so there was the huge problem of Leeches, which we had heavily underestimated and we just went there in our shorts and sandals. From the moment we went in to the forest, every ten minutes we would be wiping off Leeches from our legs and cleaning the blood, you have to know that when leeches start sucking your blood you dont feel a thing, when they stop thats when the blood starts to flow and you realize that you have been bitten. its really scary but fortunately u dont catch anything from them. u just bleed for a few minutes thats all.
This time we went it was dry season so there werent so many leeches, but we went prepared anyways, rubber boots and track pants so there were a couple of desperate leeches who were looking for a way to get in the boots. But anyways, always go prepared.
The guides that accompany you are really great. they speak english and they will tell you everything you want to know and the names of every single animal and insect, and even the names of every single tree.
We saw so many beautiful butterflies that were so huge that at first we thought they were birds.
We also saw lots of beautiful birds, many of these you find only in Srilanka. and many different species of Lizards, some very rare Animals as well, like the Frog Mouth Owl which was so amazing to see. lots of snakes, water snakes and if you are lucky, you may see some wild cats.

If you are a Nature lover, or if you love hiking or u just love watching those documentries about rainforests and always wanted to visit one, well this is the place for you.

To see a short clip of our trip to Sinharaja, please go here:

26  Thank ShawnWithCaterina
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