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“We came for birds, but we saw none.”

Sinharaja Forest Reserve
Ranked #5 of 58 things to do in Galle
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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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The Netherlands
Level 6 Contributor
182 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
“We came for birds, but we saw none.”
Reviewed 10 August 2014

The rainforest is good, it is a nice forest. But if you want to sea birds, than it is better to walk through the rice fields before the forest. Here you will see more birds than in the forest. We saw not 1 in the forest and we got up very early. But as long as motorbikes come by on the walking path you will not sea birds that much. In the rice fields before the forest, we saw bee-eaters, king fisher birds, eagles and many more beautiful birds. We found also a large monitor lizard on our path.

Visited August 2014
7 Thank DroomDecor
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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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54 reviews
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“See the best rain forest in the world before you die...”
Reviewed 7 August 2014

I have been to many other National Parks in Sri Lanka and visited Sinharaja Forest Reserve for the first time this February and it was truly an awesome experience. Had a very good time there.

Visited February 2014
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Chichester, United Kingdom
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“From the south coast to rain forest and back.”
Reviewed 24 July 2014

While staying at the hotel at the south coast, we went for one day trip to this rain forest. Quite a long journey, but final part was through tea plants with nice views, which we missed on our way to Nuwara Eliya due to bad weather and fog. Lucky heaving guide Pavel from our hotel, and another local guide who spotted viper, monkeys, endemic birds. We felt safe with them, what was most important aspect. After wading through the river (we should have brought extra shoes - sandals for this) we enjoyed the break at one of the waterfalls. We had to remove couple of leeches, but wearing long leg trousers put into the socks could lower the risk of getting them. They don't represent any health risk. This park is offering lots of alternatives of different entries, walks, and the length of the stay, including accommodation. We really enjoyed this trip, which contributed to our perception how Sri Lanka is country of great diversity. We only hope that the local government will do the best to protect such areas for the future generations.

Visited July 2014
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Cape Town
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259 reviews
182 attraction reviews
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“sinharaja forest”
Reviewed 20 July 2014

not a unique rain forest. There are various walks some short some long. Carry water and be sure to choose suitable ones for your fitness level as it becomes extremely hot as the day wears on. The 2km hike to the view point is well worth the effort. Wear gators as there are multitudes of leaches.

Visited June 2014
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Sydney, Australia
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60 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
“Great Location - Poor Guide”
Reviewed 14 June 2014

Stayed at Rainforest View lodge near the Deniyaya entrance & had a bittersweet experience. While the forest was excellent, the compulsory forestry guide tried to rip us off by charging us triple the published rate for guiding.

Visited June 2014
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