Sinharaja Rain Forest a very important, UNESCO named world heritage site and Biosphere reserve. Sinharaja is one of the most important bio diversity hotspot in Sri Lank The hilly virgin rainforest, part of the Sri Lanka lowland rain forests was saved from the worst of commercial logging by its inaccessibility, and was designated a World Biosphere Reserve in 1978 and a World Heritage Site in 1988. The reserve's name translates as Kingdom of the Lion. The reserve is only 21 km (13 mi) from east to west, and a maximum of 7 km (4.3 mi) from north to south, but it is a treasure trove of endemic species, including trees, insects, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals. Because of the dense vegetation, wildlife is not as easily seen as at dry-zone national parks such as Yala. The most common larger mammal is the endemic Purple-faced Langur. An interesting phenomenon is that birds tend to move in mixed feeding flocks, invariably led by the fearless Greater Racket-tailed Drongo and the noisy Orange-billed Babbler. Of Sri Lanka's 26 endemic birds, the 20 rainforest species all occur here, including the elusive Red-faced Malkoha, Green-billed Coucal and Sri Lanka Blue Magpie. Reptiles include the endemic Green pit viper and Hump-nosed vipers, and there are a large variety of amphibians, especially tree frogs. Invertebrates include the endemic Common Birdwing butterfly and the inevitable leeches. There are three majpr access ways to Sinharaja Rain forest and they are,
Trekking Trips in Sinharaja Rain Forest
Two nights rain forest experience at Sinharaja rain forest eco lodge
It is our personal opinion that Sinharaja rain forest better explored by staying at Sinharaja Rain Forest Eco Lodge because at this end of the forest is least visited by the commercial tourists. So Deniyaya side.
Trek through the Country side
Starting time 6 AM from the Bentota by public transport (Bus) for about 35-40 km to reach a village in the Singharaja Forest area. Approximately 2 ½ hours of walk through the natural rocky path, surrounded by colorful range of mountains covered with indigenous and endemic plants and fauna of this Paradise Island.
Little Adam’s Peak, village and brief garden by Cycle
Start at 7 Am from Bentota and cross the Bentota-River on ferry and enter the country side passing through and experience the best of Sri Lankan lifestyle, paddy fields, farmers, birds, animals like water-buffalos. Thereafter climb a rock for about 45 minutes to arrive at the top where an old temple with a Beautiful view awaits! Villages call this Little Adam’s Peak.
Trekking trip to Weligalpoththa Buddhist Monastery
The journey will start at the dawn of the day, the initial 25 kms of our outing travelling in a Tuk-Tuk. There onwards, we will begin to set on foot, a trekking that will last for 2 hours or so, through a jungle path passing a remote village.
Cycling and Trekking trip to Kalupahana Buddhist Monastery
This is a trip to a Buddhist Monastery placed on top of a rock. We will arrive at the destination by Bicycles and start ascending the rock enjoying many great views. We will stop at certain points to enjoy and appreciate the scenery. These Buddhist Monasteries are set up differently to that of other general Buddhist temples.