Sinharaja Forest Reserve, Galle

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A World Heritage Site, Sinharaja Forest Reserve protects Sri Lanka's last remaining undisturbed rainforest. Established as a biosphere reserve in 1978, the virgin forest is a haven of wildlife and vegetation, supporting numerous endemic species. Under the canopy of straight, high trees, observe how the birds tend to feed in mixed flocks, often with a greater racket-tailed drongo or orange-billed babbler at the helm. Embark on the verdant trails with a professional guide, who can help spot creatures and explain the array of unusual trees, birds, insects, and reptiles you might encounter. Make Sinharaja Forest Reserve a centerpiece of your Galle vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Galle road trip planning site .
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  • One place which is close to my heart. Even I have visited here more than 25 time still want to visit again. A paradise for bird lovers can easily see more than 50 variety of birds. This is the Ideal p...  more »
  • We are grace returned to Sinharaja Forest thanks to the service of Mahinda (travel with Mahinda) from Kalutara. On site we have been supported by a specialist guide to the forest that we took a hike through the Sri Lankan jungle. This primary forest landscapes are beautiful, we have the chance to see different varieties of plants, Creepers, insects, and small animals. The reserve are also some (very few) leopards and elephants, but you will not be able to see them and it's can be better like this because you'll be walking. Is not a place highly frequented by tourists and yet I highly recommend because it's a change of scenery. There are several possible hiking courses, the guide will adapt to your fitness level and your wishes. Provide high socks on pants, as well as clothes close to the body to avoid leeches to slide but even if that were to happen they are harmless so not to worry.
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  • 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...  more »

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