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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. Use our Galle trip itinerary planner to add Sinharaja Forest Reserve and other attractions to your Galle vacation plans.
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  • Situated in three districts. And this is the most famous rain forest in Sri Lanka. Endemic fauna and flora can be seen. People says that there are black jaguars living here and in history only one bod...  more »
  • There seems to be a general myth that detergent and soapy water will get rid of leeches and this old timer is here to tell you that it DOES NOT. As well, the leeches here are faster than in China, Vie...  more »
  • The Rainforest guide found a lot of birds and indigious animals for us to photograph, including a very rare Frog-owl with his mate. We truly enjoyed the experience! The forest is impressive and the pa...  more »

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A handful of accommodations can be found within the walls of the historic fort at Galle, including upmarket hotels and simple guesthouses, although the relatively few options usually can't cater to the number of visitors to the old town. Unless you reserve your spot well in advance, chances are you'll be looking just north of the fort where, closer to the waterfront, sit a range of upscale boutiques with sea views, and further back, a good number of simpler guesthouses and hotels. Nearby beach towns, and Colombo, remain popular places to stay among visitors just wanting to take a day trip to Galle.
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