Sinharaja Rain Forest

Sinharaja Rain Forest

Located on the south/western area of the island is a magical rainforest. Which protects a large number of endemic species in the country. These endemic species range from the Green Pit Viper and Hump-Nosed Viper to invertebrates such as the Common Birdwing Butterfly. Sinharaja is known to be home to over 50% of Sri Lanka’s endemic species of butterflies and mammals. The forest is also home to almost all of Sri Lanka’s endemic bird species.

Main Trekking Routes of Sinharaja Rain Forest

The two main trekking routes are the Sinhagala and Mulawella nature trails. Both ending at the peak of a mountain. Sinhagala is the longer of the two treks and allows you to experience more of this magical rain forest. Both of these trekking routes begin at the Kudawa Conservation Centre.  You will see a surprising amount of interaction between the forest and local populations, who use the forest to collect bee honey and tree sap and make a sweet delicacy called jaggery. They are also allowed to venture into the forest to collect medicinal plants which are engraved in Sri Lanka’s ayurvedic culture.

Trekking Through Sinharaja Rain Forest

It is possible to spend the night in one of the many accommodation options within Sinharaja but you will have to hire the services of a local guide or a Travel Agent in Sri Lanka with a permit to trek and camp within the reserve. Many Tour Operators Sri Lanka provide day tours through the rainforest. It is also possible to cycle through certain parts of the reserve. The best time to trek through Sinharaja is between December and April as this period receives the least amount of rain. However, check with your local guide before venturing into this stunning ecosystem.

For Wildlife Tours Sri Lanka lovers for nature lovers for Adventure Tours Sri Lanka lovers Trekking in Sinharaja will give an amazing experience.

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