visiting rain forests without a guide?
Replies: 8 - Last Post: Jan 27, 2013 7:52 AM Last Post By: Vaclav
Jan 22, 2013 1:17 PM
visiting rain forests without a guide?Hi, does anyone know if it's possible to visit any of the rainforests in Sri Lanka without a guide? (we've visited rain forests elsewhere, and have much preferred going without a guide, and are hoping to do so in Sri Lanka)
Jan 22, 2013 7:21 PM
1The most visited rain forests in Sri Lanka is Singharaja Rain forest. You can visit there without a guide but with guide is recommended.
Jan 22, 2013 7:37 PM
Jan 22, 2013 10:11 PM
Jan 22, 2013 10:12 PM
Jan 23, 2013 7:35 AM
5Here are two ideas for places that I'm tempted to keep secret so they remai unspoilt.
There's a small, little-visited reserve in Kitulgala where you can wander around on your own. You take the ferry across the Kelani River behind Rafter's Retreat Guest House (last ime I was there there was talk of building a bridge). Then you meander through villages, bearing right till you reach the reserve.
As I said, it's small, but with beautiful trees, lots of birdlife and a couple of waterfalls. We even saw a huge, beautiful tatantula in there!
Hiyare Reserve is just a thirty-minute taxi ride from Unawatuna, but no one ever seems to go there. It's built around the old reservoir that used to serve Galle. Again, it's small, but contains some primary forest. You can wander without a guide, but wear long trousers and boots as this is good habitat for pit vipers.
Enjoy your trip!
Jan 24, 2013 5:09 AM
6Hi. I am afraid you are oficially not allowed to enter the rainforest parks without a guide. Yet, we did sneek into the Kanneliya forest reserve for a day and had very good time (guides are also obligatory there - they are ridiculous cases, wearing slippers and umbrella and refusing to leave the road). But you need to come prepared with a map and decsription of the trails. Good luck.
Jan 27, 2013 4:45 AM
Jan 27, 2013 7:52 AM
8Hi. There are basically two trails in Kanneliya FR. One is following an old tarmac track used for logging (all trees anywhere near this road as not more than 20 years old due to that) and nearly all visitors with their so-called guides keep to it. The other trails is narrow forest trail climbing a prominent hill (and offering nice views of the forest canopy down below near the summit) and ten descending down back to the fore-mentioned track. We went along this track without any useless guide but went back before reaching the track, where all the others go - the trail was very nice and we had great time (not mentioning the leeches).
If you decide to go, I cant sent you some info and maps - contact me on my private e-mail (hjn-et-klikni.cz) as nothing is working at this site totally crippled by its BBC administrators, incl. reply watch and PM messages.
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