Sinharaja Rain Forest is a biodiversity hotspot and a national park in Sri Lanka. It is of international significance and has been preferred as a world heritage site and a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO. Over 130 varieties of birds and species are found here including 33 endemic species to Sri Lanka. They’re also rich myriads of insects’ species and reptile population, many yet to be classified. Mammals displays here including the “giant squirrel” and the “purple-faced langur monkey”.
Sinharaja is a home for the indefinable leopard. It is nicer to explore Sinharaja on foot, which gives you the truly amazing forest experience. The best starting point for visits is Kudawa to the North or Deniyaya Mederipitiya to the East. Sinharaja Forest is approximately 4 hours drive from Colombo. You can also Visit Sinharaja forest with a private day trip from Colombo. By private air-conditioned vehicle, and explore the trails independently to spot lizards, birds, butterflies, and more. Afterwards, pack in more naturally with a bird-watching trek outside the forest before returning. You can have your lunch once you come out of the jungle or ask your driver to arrange a picnic meal so you can enjoy the meals during the visit while enjoying the nature view.
The Forest is a maximum of 7 km from north to south and only 21 km from east to west, but it is a treasure of many unique endemic species including insects, trees, reptiles, amphibians, birds and mammals. Purple-faced langur is the biggest mammal in the forest. We can see the birds moving in a mixed feeding flock. The 20 rainforest species all befall here, Including Green-billed coucal, red-faced malkoha and Sri Lanka blue magpie. There are a huge variety of amphibians, especially tree frogs, Invertebrates include the endemic butterflies, leeches and common bird wings.
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