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Sinharaja Forest Reserve

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Sinharaja Access Road | Deniyaya, Galle 81524, Sri Lanka
+94 71 071 4444
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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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Sinharaja Access Road | Deniyaya, Galle 81524, Sri Lanka
+94 71 071 4444
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is not bad.. But simple than anything I have seen, in the 2 years I have lived in Sri Lanka. My walk has lasted only 4 hours to go and back. What the guide showed me wasn't spectacular (different trees, biggest squirels..)okkkk. It's tood...More

2  Thank Margaux D
Reviewed 3 September 2017

This was a great experience. The guide was so knowledgeable about the plants and animals. I was particularly interested in the varied uses of the plants for food and medicines. We saw a pit viper, spiders, birds and many lizards. The whole experience was wonderful....More

Thank Jane B
Reviewed 20 August 2017

The walk in the rainforest was a great experience! you never know what you will see but there is always something to see, especially with a good guide. We had an excellent guide "Thandula", who not only speaks excellent english but really is an expert...More

1  Thank IrmT
Reviewed 13 August 2017

a real untouched place, go and be respectful. it will be amazing. if raining be prepared and bring some salt for leaches :)

1  Thank Federico T
Reviewed 10 August 2017 via mobile

In a 2-3h walk our guide showed us different plants and flowers (eg. gave us wild cinnamon to smell). Also, he spotted various animals: monkeys, giant squirrels, nice butterflies and lizards. At the end of the tour he took us off the broad/paved path and...More

1  Thank britta113
Reviewed 6 August 2017

Our 6 hour stroll into this Biosphere Reserve was beautiful. Our guide from the Sinharaja Rest was incredibly knowledgable having been guiding people for over 20 years. We saw giant squirrel, snakes, beetles and spiders (tarantula) and amazingly tall virgin forest. We had our packed...More

Thank Dave C
Sinharaja123, Guest Relations Manager at Sinharaja Forest Reserve, responded to this reviewResponded 12 August 2017

This review seems to be the advertisement. Sinharaja rest situated in Deniyaya. 17 km away from official forest entrance . There are so many small hostels and hotels situated near official forest entrance. (In 'Mederipitiya village)

Reviewed 3 August 2017 via mobile

My husband and myself did a one week trip in Sri Lanka. We started in Ella and then joined the Sinharaja forest. Such an amazing experience, full of birds songs, waterfalls, swim in natural pools. However, to enjoy, you need to be Ok with humidity...More

3  Thank Nathalie G
Reviewed 24 July 2017

We visited here with two friends and our driver, who also organised a spotter/guide to help us identify things along the way. Our walk was along quite an easy track and we could go as far as we wanted. In fact we went to the...More

3  Thank Deryn H
Reviewed 19 July 2017 via mobile

A good place for a day out , if you are a nature lover and an wildlife guy . This place has some amazing sceneries and rare birds for bird photographers . A must go place in Srilanka . Also you should not forget a...More

4  Thank hasitha s
Reviewed 11 July 2017

One of the adventures hikes you can have when you visit to Sri Lanka. The forest is in the middle of the country and you can see so many endemic plants, reptiles, and other wildlife too. you can feel the mother nature for sure in...More

1  Thank Romenco
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2 September 2017|
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Response from Seevali D | Reviewed this property |
One other thing - further to my previous response. There are leeches at Sinharaja especially if the ground is wet. They sell Leech socks at the entrance. Take some insect repllant with you and spray the leech socks with... More
Indu E
17 June 2017|
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Response from Seevali D | Reviewed this property |
It is the rainy season in the south of Sri Lanka. I doubt whether this is a good time to visit Sinharaja Forest area. If you do, please take preventative measures to prevent the leeches from climbing on you!! Good Luck!!
chani i
25 February 2017|
Response from Dushyantha P | Reviewed this property |
There are numerous bird enthusiast clubs in SL. I dont have contact details but you could try the web for contacts. A basic guide book on birds of wet zone in SL will also be helpful. Spotting them in Sinharaja will be a... More