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Sinharaja Forest Reserve

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“endemic birds”(15 reviews)
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...more
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Galle 81524, Sri Lanka
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Reviewed yesterday

THE staff at the main entrance and at the upper gate were friendly and helpful. The guide was absolutely excellent, spotting and pointing out everything and anything.

Thank fromSouthampton
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited the rainforest first thing in the morning (it opens at 6:00 a.m.), as suggested by our hotel for the best chance to see wildlife before it gets too hot. We did a 4/5-hour hike with a great guide who took the time to...More

Thank Christopher K
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Reaching the entrance of the park is an experience of it's own. Had to get there by a 4X4 provided by the owner of Sinharaja Eco lodge. We booked a tour thru him and he provided a very fantastic guide Hemal who speaks good English...More

Thank M-one98
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Easy accessible, good car park. Need license to get into the park. Must- ask a local guide to help you along the trails. They spot animals and flowers you otherwise miss. The more enthusiastic you get, the more they show you. There are also booklets...More

Thank Ton A
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Went for a walk within the forest together with one of the local guides/ park rangers that are available at the forest entrance. Amazing to walk within the forest and see all the tall trees, butterflies and flowers. You could notice that the guide was...More

1  Thank Therese T
Reviewed 18 August 2018 via mobile

So my family and I visited here with our guide. We paid an entrance fee which included the services of a forest guide too. He did not speak English but our guide was luckily able to translate. He pointed out wildlife; we saw a snake,...More

3  Thank Suzy W
Reviewed 17 August 2018

You can hike here and be away from people and in the presence of many animals. This is a great activity with or without kids.

Thank esopus35
Reviewed 14 August 2018 via mobile

Went for a hike with a guide. Bought socks against leeches at the entrance (350 rupee ~€2, way cheaper than in Europe). Saw 1 leech. Walked for 3 hours. Regular paths are fairly easy accessible. Expect slower progress when you take side roads. Did see...More

Thank JimL1832
Reviewed 12 August 2018

Although not as easy to get to as other parks, this reserve is well worth the effort. The access track is an adventure of its own, and our guide was a natural medicine and plant expert.... as well as the animals the botanical diversity is...More

Thank jonjanmelbourne
Reviewed 11 August 2018

We were the latter.  We saw the explorers on our three hour journey in and out of the forest.  They had the hiking boots and the gaters, the hats and the long sleeves.  They had the walking sticks and the backpacks and they had the...More

2  Thank LilPikit
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13 September 2018|
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Response from harshasampath1111 | Reviewed this property |
Yes..you..can..plz contact by my email..I will arrange everything as you wish.
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Response from Vachintha | Reviewed this property |
Make sure you're ready to sweat a little. Cotton t-shirts, shorts with walking/hiking shoes.
19 July 2018|
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Response from Vachintha | Reviewed this property |
To get to Sinharaja from Galle, it'll take around 3 hours. If you intend to photograph and cover the entire park, you'll need to spare at least 4 hours.