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Sinharaja Forest Reserve

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Best Time: January - March; August - September Read More

Ideal duration: 1 - 2 Days

Nearest Airport: Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport, Sri Lanka Check Flights

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Sinharaja Forest Reserve Tourism

Sinharaja Forest Reserve is one of the very few virgin rainforests in the world, which is why it is one of the UNESCO World Heritage! The unique relation of flora and fauna in this forest makes it one of the hotspots in the world. The forest is only 13 km in the stretch and around 7 to 8 km from north to south. The entire forest has remained untouched till date due to its inaccessibility.

The ecosystem of this forest has been an essential part of it being termed as also a Biosphere Reserve. The species of animals and plants that are unique to Sinharaja Forest Reserve and preservation of other endangered animals and plants has given it a position of priority. 

Despite being highly inaccessible, it is not to say that human life is also not seen here. Villagers even live in unity with the forest in areas bordering this zone. Due to the density of the forest, not many animals and birds are seen as it is in other forest reserves and national parks, but it is home to a large number of animals and birds of various kinds. A visit to this rainforest is a definite must if you ever come to Sri Lanka. The serenity of this forest, the peaceful environment amidst the beauty of nature together culminates into a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

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Hiking in Sinharaja Forest Reserve

The Sinharaja Forest Reserve is an excellent spot for hikers. The route has somewhat rocky, slippery as well as plane areas. The uphill hike for nearly 800 meters proves to be quite a challenge even for expert hikers. However, the trek is exceptionally thrilling. So it is suggested that only experienced hikers and those who are thrill-seekers should go on a hike here. The hike will take you through small springs where you can sit down and relax, and even swim if you wish. Further on, the trek will take you through some of the monuments that were built centuries ago!

Exploring in Sinharaja Forest Reserve

The Forest Reserve is not only home to a countless number of animals and birds but also some monuments that were built many years ago. For instance, the Kolawenigama Temple is one of the very famous sites to visit here. This temple features a unique architecture. The Forest Reserve also houses the Kudawa Research Centre that keeps a check on the wildlife and comes up with new projects to ensure wildlife safety and promotion. Kiruwananaganga Falls is also an attraction in the nearby forest area, which can be visited on a jeep. It is one of the most significant falls in the country. On your visit there, you will see many other smaller waterfalls as well. Gatabaruwa Temple, a marvel of the early 17th century, stands atop a small hill which can be easily visited on a car or by walking the distance. The temple has beautiful architecture and provides a great view of the forest below. A picturesque scene is what people visit this temple to witness!

Nature Walk in Sinharaja Forest Reserve

For all those who love nature, this forest is a great place to gather a lot more knowledge about plants and animals. Not only are these walks educational for children, but also adults alike. Those who especially like learning about different plants, animals, insects, and anything that is to do with nature, this nature walk is a must! The walks will take you through a guided walk and add to your knowledge new names of species and the vegetation that thrive there. Learn all about their biology and environment as you embark on a journey to discover something exceptional!

Bird Watching in Sinharaja Forest Reserve

The Sinharaja Forest Reserve is one of the perfect places for bird watchers. With more than 30 species of birds that are endemic species of Sri Lanka. On top of that, the forest is also home to many species of migratory birds. Bird watchers gather here throughout the year to catch some of the best glimpses of the unique birds that are found only in Sri Lanka. Some birds travel from miles and miles away and nest here for a few months, before moving back. People from all around the world come here to witness these birds and to watch them nest, and migrate to other places.

Food in Sinharaja Forest Reserve

The place offers a great many options when it comes to restaurants and food. You will especially enjoy the local, which includes curry and rice, among many other beautiful varieties of food. There are those restaurants here as well that offer continental food. If you are looking to grab a quick bite on your way, then there are many options to buy snacks.

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What are the places near Sinharaja forest reserve?

The top places near to Sinharaja forest reserve are Galle which is 48 km from Sinharaja forest reserve, Colombo which is located 92 km from Sinharaja forest reserve, Nuwara eliya which is located 69 km from Sinharaja forest reserve, Kandy which is located 101 km from Sinharaja forest reserve, Sigiriya which is located 176 km from Sinharaja forest reserve

What is the best time to visit Sinharaja forest reserve?

Since this is a rainforest, it remains moist most of the year. The best time to visit Sinharaja forest reserve is between January and March and August and September.
Even during the times of the year when rain is least expected, you can expect it to rain in the Sinharaja Forest Reserve. Because of the Lowland Eco location of this forest range in Sri Lanka, it receives a considerable amount of rainfall throughout the year, in which the animals, birds, trees and other living organisms are thriving.
It is best to avoid visiting the forest in the monsoon season, especially from November to December, as the most amount of rainfall occurs during these two months. The range of precipitation throughout the year can be up to 3000 to 6000 mm! The terrain is exceptionally muddy and unsuitable for hiking or trekking. The routes also become slippery, and people may be more prone to accidents during these times.
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