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Kanneliya Rain Forest Reserve

| Wackwella Road,, Galle 80000, Sri Lanka
+94 71 688 0697
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Kanneliya was an 80 minute drive from Unawatuna and we arrived at 7.30 to meet our pre-arranged... read more

Reviewed 18 April 2018
chris2lewis
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I really wish I had done more research before attempting this hike. It is truly a spectacular... read more

Reviewed 7 April 2018
Tarren M
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Kanneliya Forest Reserve Experience the feeling of walking in a tropical rain forest . . . The KDN Forest Reserve (Kanneliya-Dediyagama-Nakiyadeniya) is the second largest primary forest area in Sri Lanka and is renowned for its watershed value. The forest occupies the area between two rivers - the Gin Ganga and the Nilwala Ganga. The natural vegetation of the KDN complex is lowland wet evergreen forest, which is a climax forest formation dominated by an association of Shorea, Dipterocarpus and Mesua. Over 17% of the wet zone flora is confined to this area where the KDN forest is the most prominent. This region has been identified as one of the floristically richest areas in South Asia. The endemic flora and fauna of the southwestern wet zone, including the KDN, forms a relic of the biota of the Indian Plate with Gondwanaic ancestry. Therefore, the biota of southwest Sri Lanka, including the KDN forest complex, is of considerable scientific interest with respect to biogeography. There is a high proportion of endemism amongst the identified woody plants, with 150 species being endemic to Sri Lanka. There are 78 villages surrounding the KDN forest complex. There are small-scale cottage industries based on Fish-tail palm (Kitul), and many local people are involved in the collection of medicinal plants and plant products, as well as rattan, to produce handicrafts and furniture. What can be seen:- Over 100 bird species, 16 of which are endemic to Sri Lanka (such as the Green-billed Coucal, Blue Magpie and Spot-winged Thrush). Over 15 species of endemic fresh-water fish. Many other endemic reptiles, amphibians and butterflies can also be seen in the area.
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| Wackwella Road,, Galle 80000, Sri Lanka
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Reviewed 18 April 2018

Kanneliya was an 80 minute drive from Unawatuna and we arrived at 7.30 to meet our pre-arranged guide. We opted for the 3 hour walk, which took in the waterfall and the giant tree. Our guide was great at spotting wildlife, which we would otherwise...More

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Reviewed 7 April 2018 via mobile

I really wish I had done more research before attempting this hike. It is truly a spectacular reserve with so much to appreciate. However, due to the rain the night before, we were not prepared for the leeches. Our guide was prepared with a bar...More

Thank Tarren M
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Reviewed 27 March 2018

A 2 hour car journey from our hotel in Kalutara but well worth a visit. A great experience with a very experienced guide who was very knowledgable of all animals, insects and plants we were lucky enough to see including snakes, monkeys, spiders, lizards and...More

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Reviewed 5 March 2018

A great place to experience the bio diversity and the eco systems of the tropical island we call home. A wonderful place for the kids to visit.

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Reviewed 4 March 2018 via mobile

We went there for hike and and waterfall hunting. You need minimum of two days to cover mountain and waterfall. Please don't bring plastics and polythene. If you need to capture birds, this is one of the best places. You will get guide for form...More

Thank Tharindu W
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Reviewed 13 February 2018

Kanneliya or KDN is a rain forest reserve in the Southern Province of Sri Lanka. Identified as one of the most floristically rich areas in South Asia. The forest is situated 35km northwest of the City of Galle; and is a major catchment area for...More

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Reviewed 11 February 2018 via mobile

It is a beautiful rainforest situated close to Colombo. Access is fast and easy via southern highway.It is better to avoid holidays and weekends since it get crowded. You can see lot of endemic plants , fish ,mushrooms ,birds etc.Guides are knowledgeable and helpful. Be...More

Thank mahinda2004
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Reviewed 11 January 2018 via mobile

There is tar road from entrance to deep in to forest. You will be roaming with guide on this road. This road is one of black marks in history of mankind. Government ordered to cut all grown trees to supply timber. This tar road is...More

Thank iamchathu
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Reviewed 7 October 2017

We did see 2 waterfall....snakes, birds, flora and fauna It started at 11 and back by 4pm So it was really rainforest visit that can start from Galle Hikkaduwa Benthota as one day sight seeing +94771745409 whatsapp for more detais and tours

Thank Nilantha K
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Reviewed 5 October 2017

This is an unspoiled non commercialized rainforest. Take a little backpack with plenty of water and snacks. Take a bathing suit if you want to splash around in the waterfalls. Though we soft footed Americans wore tennis shoes, there were plenty of Sri Lankens in...More

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Supun L
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Response from Tharindu W | Reviewed this property |
no you can't camp here. you can book their rooms from colombo.
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