With the sinhala meaning of LION KING, Sinharaja Rain Forest is
declared a world heritage site by UNESCO since 1988 this is the most important
site in Sri Lanka, internationally important for its
biodiversity. The nnnnn Hectare forest reserve encompasses some of the few remaining
sizeable tracts of undisturbed primary lowland rain forest. Much of
the birding, however, is done in areas that were once subject to
selective logging. You can observe over
15 species of endemic birds
of the country.
Sri Lanka Spurfowl, Sri Lanka Junglefowl, Green billed Caucal, Sri
Lanka Hanging Parrot, Red faced Malkoha, Sri Lanka Blue Magpie, White
faced Starling, Sri Lanka Myna, Orange billed Babbler, Malabar trogon
and Greater Racket tailed Drongo are among the many birds you can
Other species recorded include 40 species of mammals, 65 species of
Butterflies, 10 species of fish, 14 species of Amphibians and 29
species of reptiles. 50 % of the endemic mammals and butterflies
are present at Sinharaja.
How to get there
There are several routes you can take depending on where you are.
Coming from Airport you can take the route via Paliayagoda,
Awissawella, Ratnapura. Coming from down south Galle, Matara,
Hikkaduwa you can take the route through deniyaya. If you are in
Udawalawe you could also make it through deniyaya.
Sinharaja Has several rain forest hills that you can climb,
water falls and an ancient cave of the lion
Usually your visit can be one day to five days watching birds and observing
There are many fauna and flora only found in Sinharaja