Welcome to Sinharaja Forest Reserve


Because the forest is so dense, wildlife-spotting is not as easy here as it is in many other Sri Lankan reserves and parks. A good guide certainly helps. Note that although visitors are only allowed to walk through the reserve, local villagers are permitted to drive motorbikes along trails as short cuts to get around, disturbing the peace somewhat.


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Sinharaja Forest Reserve activities

$374.27 Multi-day & Extended Tours

2 Day Private Tour - Rainforest Explorer from Bentota

Day 01 - Bentota > SinharajaStart your journey at 0700 hrs from Bentota. You will be met by a designated chauffer guide from Lakpura Travels. After the formalities at the hotel you will be escorted to your air conditioned vehicle and proceed to Sinharaja to visit the UNESCO World Heritage Rain Forest of Sri Lanka. (Travel Time – 2 to 2 ½ hrs.)After arriving at Sinharaja, check in at your hotel and rest for a while before proceeding on a guided half-day tour through this majestic forest.Go on a jungle safari to the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Sinharaja Forest Reserve. Experience the virgin forest with its dense evergreen type vegetation. Feel the adventure as you listen to the screeches of monkeys and see the glimpses of colorful forest birds. Feel the spine-thrilling chill as you watch a green pit viper wind itself amongst the foliage. A wonderful opportunity for those who wish to see Mother Nature at her wildest.On completion return back to the hotel and relax.Day 02 - Sinharaja > BentotaAfter breakfast at the hotel go on one more safari through Sinharaja Rainforest. Your guide will ensure that your experience be somewhat different from your experience on the previous day, giving you more insight on the unique bio-diversity of this wonderful place.After the trek return back to the hotel, relax, check out and proceed to your hotel in Bentota. (Travel Time – 2 to 2 ½ hrs.)

$548 Outdoor Activities

Mountain hopping by Let's See Asia

Day 01:Arrival at the Airport where you will be Warmly welcomed by Let's See Asia's representative & transfer to the Hotel.Day 02: trek through the Sinharaja Forest Reserve to kick off the tour. Located in south west,Sinharaja is the country's last viable area of primary tropical rain forest.Trekking through this large forest reserve the tour offers insight look at the numerous rare specimens of trees and wildlife which can only be found within the Sinharaja Forest Reserve.Day 03:In order to add bit of adrenaline rush to this tour,the next stop is Kitulgala white water rafting.Which is nothing short of adrenaline pumping through the veins while navigating through various rapids downhill.Later on;Trekking through path along beautiful tea plantations full of tea picking ladies to reach the breathtaking little Adams Peak.Will be nothing short of picture perfect scenic views of mountains ranges hovering all around.Day 04:Known for its majestic and magical sunrises,embarking on a small journey from the Ella town in the dawn of the day to the Ella rock.Despite the trek being one of the challenging in terms of endurance.Once you reach Ella rock you will be left mesmerized and in awe witness this majestic sunrise through the surrounding mountain plains.The next destination would take you back to the colonial era with this magnificent piece of architecture in the middle of no-where,surrounded by jungle and mountains.YES,it’s the splendid nine arch bridge for those who guessed it correct.Day 05:Looking forward to a high altitude trek that promises to take you to one of the most stunning destinations in Sri Lanka; we got you covered with Horton’s Plain which is a ‘must’ in your travel itinerary. Everything is so picture perfect here your photography skills will certainly be put to the test. Ramble through the mist covered grasslands,evergreen forests and cloud forests interspersed with fresh water streams and mist covered swamps.Day 06:Offering another one of kind unique experience is the 4x4 jeep safari through what is known as “Devils Staircase Ohiya”. Swaying away from the conventional path, we would take you from the top of Devils Staircase starting from Ohiya and reaching down to end at Bambarakanda falls which is considered as the tallest waterfall of Sri Lanka. Where by you can take a refreshing dip at the waterfalls and add it to items completed on the bucket list.Day 07:Followed by an excursion into the dry zone reserve known as “Yala".This safari into to dry lands will enable you to touch base with some of your favorite animals;watch Leopards feed,laze and play in the open,and if you’re lucky you’ll see plenty of them as Yala is known to have the highest density of Leopards in the world.

$939 Kid Friendly

Lets go wild- A Nature trip in Sri Lanka

ItineraryDay 1: DAY 01- : AIRPORT- GALLEStop At: Colombo Airport Transfer, Colombo, Western ProvinceUpon your arrival at the Bandaranaike International Airport, you will be given a warm welcome by your Destinations Guide who will escort you to your vehicle. Transfer to Galle and check into your hotel (3 hour drive). Accommodation: 2 nights in Galle.Duration: 2 daysMeals included: • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Lady Hill, a 4 * hotel. Note hotel is not confirmed until we convey confirmation on receipt.Day 2: DAY 02- : MIRISSA - GALLEStop At: Mirissa Beach, Mirissa, Southern ProvinceSet out early this morning with a packed breakfast to Mirissa Fisheries Harbour and head out to the sea to look for the largest mammal that has ever lived in the sea, the Blue Whale. Mirissa in southern Sri Lanka is regarded as the world’s top location for sightings of whales and pods of dolphins. Afternoon embark on a city tour of Galle where you will get the opportunity to see the Dutch hospital, Martin Wickramasinghe Folk Museum Complex and many more and then walk through the cobbled streets of Fort Galle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site built by the Portuguese and fortified by the Dutch, while stumbling upon fashionable dress boutiques, old houses with porticos, antique shops and hip restaurantsDuration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Lady Hill , a 4* hotel. Note hotel is not confirmed until we convey confirmation on receipt.Day 3: DAY 03- : HABARADUWA - YALAStop At: Yala National Park, Sri LankaAfter an early breakfast visit the Turtle Hatchery in Habaraduwa - The Green Turtle, Leatherback Turtle, Hawksbill Turtle, Olive Ridley and the Loggerhead Turtle are among five of the world’s seven species of sea turtles that nest on the beaches of Sri Lanka.After lunch at a local restaurant in the afternoon you head towards Yala. Check into your hotel in Yala and get prepared for an afternoon game drive into the Yala National Park.Yala National Park hosts the widest selection of wildlife to be found on the island and rest reassured that your chances of seeing leopards, elephants, deer, crocodiles, jackals, monkeys, mongooses, water and land monitor lizards, buffalo, wild boar, sloth bears, and 220 or so different species of birds are much higherDuration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Hotel Chandrika, a 4* hotel. Note hotel is not confirmed until we convey confirmation on receipt.Day 4: DAY 04- : BUNDALA - UDAWALAWEStop At: Udawalawe National Park, Uda Walawe National ParkAfter breakfast this morning, hop on a jeep and take a game drive into the Bundala National Park.This park is an internationally recognized RAMSAR Wetland, which is a haven for migratory water birds and waders. Sightings also include the Sri Lankan Elephant, the Grey Langur monkey, freshwater Crocodile species known as the Mugger, as well as the occasional Saltwater Crocodile which is the largest species of reptile in the world.Thereafter we have lunch at a local restaurant and then proceed to visit the Udawalawe National Park.With ample water and rich nutrition from the scrub jungles and grasslands, Udawalawe is a stronghold of the Asian Elephant and one of the best places to see them in the wild year-round. Udawalawe also has occasional sightings of the Jungle Cat, an elusive medium sized feline. The park is an excellent biding destination too especially for dry-zone species and raptors. Changeable Hawk Eagle, Grey-headed Fishing Eagle, Crested Serpent Eagle, White-bellied Sea Eagle, Black-shouldered Kite, Shikra, Oriental Honey Buzzard, Common Kestrel and Brown Fish Owl are some of the raptors regularly encountered here.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Centauria wild, a 4* Hotel. Note hotel is not confirmed until we convey confirmation on receipt.Day 5: DAY 05- : UDAWALAWE – SINHARAJAStop At: Sinharaja Forest Reserve, Galle, Galle District, Southern ProvinceAfter breakfast, you check out from the hotel and head towards Sinharaja (3 hours drive) check into your hotel. Thereafter you visit the Sinharaja National Park.The largest tract of natural rainforest in Sri Lanka, the Sinharaja Forest Reserve contains a wide variety of endemic flora and fauna. It is a top birding location where 28 of Sri Lanka’ 34 endemic species have been recorded. The mixed species bird flocks found moving through the rainforest canopy within Sinharaja are believed to be the longest studied and largest in the world, which is popularly dubbed as the Sinharaja BirdwaveDuration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Blue Magpie Lodge, a 4* Hotel. Note hotel is not confirmed until we convey confirmation on receipt.Day 6: Day 6 - AIRPORTStop At: Colombo Airport Transfer, Colombo, Western ProvinceAfter breakfast you checkout from your hotel, you will be transferred back to the airport to catch your flight back home.We hope you've had an amazing time in Sri Lanka and look forward to seeing you again soon!Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • BreakfastNo accommodation included on this day.

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