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“Great Trekking, Unspoiled Beauty”

Sinharaja Forest Reserve
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Sinharaja Rain Forest Walk and Bird Watching...
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Owner description: SINHARAJA RAIN FOREST is a world heritage and bio diversity hotspot which is also a major eco tourism destination in Sri Lanka. It is one of the few virgin forests left in the world. This evergreen rain forest, a UNESCO World heritage site, is one of the few virgin rain forests left to date. Damp mysterious and teeming with life, the Sinharaja forest reserve situated 120 KM South East of Colombo, is the last expensive stretch of virgin rainforest on the island. At just over 11000 hectares, line across the wet zone the Southern edge of the hill country, Sinharaja is an ecological treasure trove. It is staggering array of flora and fauna place it among the top bio diversity hotspot in the world. Sinharaja Forest Reserve - A UNESCO world heritage site - encompasses the largest single swath of remaining low land tropical rain forest in the country. Over 130 birds, species are found here including many of the 33 species endemic to the Sri Lanka. There also rich reptile population and myriads of insects species, many yet to be classified. Mammals scenes here including the purple faced langur monkey and the giant squirrel. Sinharaja is also home to the elusive leopard. It is preferable to explore Sinharaja on foot, which makes for the truly authentic jungle experience. Best starting point for visits are Deniyaya Mederipitiya to the East or Kudawa to the North.
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Reviewed 6 April 2018

We took two fairly long treks two days in a row. Our guide was Nimal both treks, and he was very good. He never rushed us, and went out of his way to give us a great experience. We think most people only do one trek. We had overestimated our time needs here, so we did a second trek. We were glad we did, as we saw different creatures the second day. Abundance of wildlife. Our treks were 5+ hours (and we were sore since some of the trails are very rocky), but we really enjoyed this wild place. We should have gotten leach socks the first day. My Smartwool socks were breached, but we bought socks the second day and had no issues. Hardly any biting insects, even with a good rain every afternoon.

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Reviewed 5 April 2018

We stayed at the Sinharaja Forest Sanctuary which is at walking distance from the Sinharaja Forest Reserve. Sanjaya was presented as the Forest Reserve guide affiliated with Sinharaja Forest Sanctuary. We were told things are very organized in the area, impossible to hire another guide other than the one affiliated with your lodge. A system that opens the gate to monopolistic pricing strategy we were soon to find out. A walk of 5-7 hours ending at the Singahala mountain with me and my husband, was priced at 20.000 Rs, entrance fee included. In Sri Lanka normal wages are like 1000 to 2000 Rs/day. What followed was an awkward negociation ending in an agreement for a shorter track of 3-4 hours for 6000 Rs.
Next day we started off early, he walked a very slow pace on a dirt road with much motorcycle traffic towards a building in the forrest. Arriving there he said he had to buy the entry tickets so we handed him the 6000 Rs but didn't see him actually purchase anything. We took some pictures on what I think are pricing indications for guided tours (pic attached). From there to the waterfall was a more quiet stroll, we encountered many other guides with tourists all heading to the waterfall. So the walk could be done by any 70 year person. After this first waterfall he asked if we wanted to return to the lodge. I had heared about an other waterfall with little fish that nibble at the corn on your feet. He didn't seem too pleased. We continued steep up the mountain which was very much OK for us. No further information on the surroundings from that point on. On the way back the guide started to limp, a knee injury it seemed. He wanted to take a break so we waited a while. Later on he wanted to and have a drink but we had lunch ordered at the lodge. It came accross as looking for opportunity to ask for more money. Near the end I asked for the entrance tickets which he could not produce. He said he would get them later that afternoon and bring them to our lodge. We got some tickets but these seemed old and tampered with (pic included).
I would still advise to visit the Sinharaja Forest Reserve although we did not have the best experience. Think the Forest Reserve has to put some things in order to avoid malpractice. Tourists are willing to pay for Reserve entrance, money to be used to preserve the Forest Reserve. In my opinion some people have very sticky fingers.

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Reviewed 2 April 2018

" Sinharaja "

was the one who taught me much about writing and photography even though I’m still a novice in those areas. Time it properly as the rains can be extremely difficult to explore the terrain. Leech Protection is vital unless it’s a very dry season. I’ve found the Leech Socks for sale at the Sinharaja Entrance Ticket Office (Rs. 350/- per pair) are very good at leech protection. Time the journey properly and we found the Highway- Matugama-Kalawana Route to be the easiest and the quickest. We reached the entrance under 2.5hrs without a major rush. Bird’s Paradise and Martin’s Lodge are recommendable
accommodation options. There are multiple trails inside Sinharaja and except Sinhagala Trail others can be managed in one day quite easily. You’d probably need a full day to do the Sinhagala Trail. Do remain silent inside the forest in order not to disturb the wildlife. pls. enjoy her beauty and leave her in peace without destroying the most precious thing we have. Don’t break plants or flowers or try to bring them home. Most of these plants won’t grow in your garden. So please enjoy them where they are.The road from Kalawana to Kudawa is largely completed except at a few places so you wouldn’t have trouble getting there in any vehicle. Pitakele Doovili Ella is about 2-3km from the Sinharaja Entrance. However when you are coming from Kalawana, there’s a junction just passing a metal bridge before the Sinharaja Gate. You have to then take the right and the first left uphill concrete paved path. On this road travel for about 1.5-2km until the interlock stones paved stretch of the road and you have to get downhill to the river to view the waterfall. Bring back memories and leave only footprints. Remain silent and enjoy the tranquility of one of the most precious rain forests in the world.

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Reviewed 28 March 2018 via mobile

Fabulous forest reserve for bird lovers and nature lovers in general. This forest has been rescued from and attempted mass logging in late 1970's, when a dedicated group of scientist mounted a scientifically informed campaign. Since then it has been designated as a Man And Biosphere reserve as well as a world nature heritage site.

Today it is the largest intact tract of lowland rainforest in Sri Lanka, which is home to numerous endemic tree, bird and other species. It is considered to be a significant hot spot of global biodiversity and a keystone in evolution.

The majestic towering trees, many clear and pure brooks, hundreds of bird species, and the winding paths within this forest are simply impressive. Guided hikes are included in the modest entrance fee. These guides are employees of the forest dept, and appear to be very well informed.

This forest reserve is easily accessible by main roads (last few km on a 4-wheel drive vehicle or on foot). Several options to stay at the boundary of the forest or one option within the border (Martin's Lodge).

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Reviewed 27 March 2018

A highlight of our recent wonderful trip organised by Tailor-made, a division of Jetwing Travels, was the magnificent Sinharaja Forest. We were privileged to stay at the Rainforest Ecolodge, on the edge of the forest. This meant we were right on site very early in the morning to go on a terrific birding walk. With the help of the guide we managed to see a number of specials including the Blue Magpie. The accommodation is interesting in converted containers which are very comfortable.

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