Our driver picked us up early and drove us 100km north, along winding roads through villages with dogs sleeping in the road around every corner.
Eventually we arrived at the Sinharaja Forest Reserve where we met our guide and after a short tuk tuk ride, commenced our three hour trek through the rain forest.
The humidity was insane and we were quickly soaked. The flora and fauna made it worth it though.
On arrival, the guide rubbed rock salt into our shoes to deter the leeches, which was semi-successful.
We saw peacocks, water buffalo, butterflies, eagles, millipedes, fish owl, lizards, fish and a green viper. I said ‘that looks pretty small’ but was then informed a bite can kill you!
Walking behind my wife and watching her jump at every twig thinking it was a snake was one of my highlights!
Also saw durian fruit, jack fruit, cinnamon, white pepper, wild pineapple, and coffee beans before stopping for a provided lunch at a waterfall.
On the drive home, after passing many cows roaming free, we stopped at the Lumbini tea plantation where we were lucky enough to be given a private tour of the factory.