Sinharaja Forest Reserve, Galle

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#1 of 11 in Wildlife in Galle
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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  • August 18, 2017
    For nature lovers, a must! Go ahead!! You will discover a very diverse flora and fauna.
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  • August 18, 2017
    The hike with our guide took about 2 hours. I would advise anyone who wants to make the hike, sturdy shoes, long pants, Antibrumm and leggings. The leggings (€ 13 on Amazon) keep you leeches from body. The beasts are able to creep into the shoes and pants. (Without boots), 9 have caught me. The Guide has leggings. Everyone here should have a bottle of water. The route is feasible even for untrained. It looks a lot and experienced nature differently.
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  • August 16, 2017
    Natural protected areas are listed as world heritage sites. Rainforest nature protected leave is fixed and the road is very steep and not. Will often notice people familiar with plants, such as differences in vegetation in their vigorous differences and hiking in the nearby mountains. Still, along the way, beautiful large snail, spider, geckos, frogs, crabs, Green Snake, monkey and to witness. Hill to suck blood, coming up from below creeping, but anyone who loves nature, animals and plants have the knowledge to experience excitement and care for me and was very impressed.
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