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“Tropical paradise”

Kanneliya Rain Forest Reserve
Ranked #23 of 56 things to do in Galle
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Owner description: Kanneliya Forest Reserve Experience the feeling of walking in a tropical rain forest . . . The KDN Forest Reserve (Kanneliya-Dediyagama-Nakiyadeniya) is the second largest primary forest area in Sri Lanka and is renowned for its watershed value. The forest occupies the area between two rivers - the Gin Ganga and the Nilwala Ganga. The natural vegetation of the KDN complex is lowland wet evergreen forest, which is a climax forest formation dominated by an association of Shorea, Dipterocarpus and Mesua. Over 17% of the wet zone flora is confined to this area where the KDN forest is the most prominent. This region has been identified as one of the floristically richest areas in South Asia. The endemic flora and fauna of the southwestern wet zone, including the KDN, forms a relic of the biota of the Indian Plate with Gondwanaic ancestry. Therefore, the biota of southwest Sri Lanka, including the KDN forest complex, is of considerable scientific interest with respect to biogeography. There is a high proportion of endemism amongst the identified woody plants, with 150 species being endemic to Sri Lanka. There are 78 villages surrounding the KDN forest complex. There are small-scale cottage industries based on Fish-tail palm (Kitul), and many local people are involved in the collection of medicinal plants and plant products, as well as rattan, to produce handicrafts and furniture. What can be seen:- Over 100 bird species, 16 of which are endemic to Sri Lanka (such as the Green-billed Coucal, Blue Magpie and Spot-winged Thrush). Over 15 species of endemic fresh-water fish. Many other endemic reptiles, amphibians and butterflies can also be seen in the area.
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Tropical paradise”
Reviewed 30 May 2014

Nice tropical place and experience of a true rainforest. Only thing to be watchful is the leeches...they can be annoying and lots in the rainy season. Always take a guide with you.

Visited May 2014
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“Rain Forest worth a visit”
Reviewed 2 March 2014

This rain forest reserve is about an hour outside Galle. It is much like national parks in the U.S., which is to say, pretty basic. But it does show a rain forest habitat, and our guide was pretty good at spotting assorted creatures and flora that were unique and unusual. Entry costs 440 rupees (about $3.50), and there are several options for guided tours -- a two hour walk to the first water fall, about 2.5km each way, or a three hour walk to the second fall, about 7km, each way. It was a typically hot and humid day. We had driven to the park from Ambalangoda, where we were staying at the Max Wadiya (see separate review), which was about 1.5-2 hours away. So we opted for the two hour guided walk -- calling it a hike would be presumptuous, though it was on a gentle incline all the way. The cost of the guide was an additional 880 rupees ($7 for both of us). The guide was capable and pointed out little critters and flora that would have certainly escaped our eyes.

The finale, so to speak, was the waterfall itself. The path to the water falls from the main path was the only part that made us regret wearing sandals instead of sneakers. Even so, it was no big deal. The falls are not that big, but very refreshing. After a 5-10 minutes dipping our feet, it was back up the rough path to the main, well-maintained path and downhill to the entrance, about a 15-20 minute easy walk.

We saw monkeys, salamanders, lizards of different descriptions unusual plant life and trees. May not be for everyone, but it is a great example of south Asian rain forests. Appropriate for families with kids as well as couple.

Visited February 2014
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