Rain forest Sinharaja rainforest in Sri Lanka
Sinharaja rainforest (Sinharaja Forest Reserve is located in southern Sri Lanka (forest Sinharaja rainforest on the map). He’s not as popular among tourists as Yala national Park, but no less interesting, and certainly more unique. It is one of two included in the list of UNESCO world heritage sites in Sri Lanka natural reserves (see UNESCO sights in Sri Lanka). Translated from the Sinhala Buddha means “the lion King”. This place is revered and respected among locals since ancient times.
The Park area is small compared to other national parks in the country, just 88,64 square kilometers. But on this square there is a unique biosphere, because it is one of the few remaining places on the planet where there are still primordial rain forest. Here there are many rare species of animals and plants, many of which are listed in the red book. Many of the species are found only here. Here you can see wild elephants (but better not to meet, they are dangerous), many species of monkeys, wild boars, leopards, various reptiles and insects.
Forest Sinharaja Rainforest
Excursion to the forest in the most simple form is a trip to one of the entrance to the Park, walk for 2-3 hours in the forest with a guide, and the trip back. Not always during this walk you can see something really interesting, it’s very much depends on the guides. Very often accused of being lazy, not wanting to guide tourists through the difficult paths, there could be as lucky. But you can persevere and to offer themselves and demand to go on different paths. If you surely want to see all the local beauty, you need to come to Sinharaja overnight, stay in camp so early in the morning to begin the long route. One of the most interesting routes includes the ascent to the highest peak of the national Park.
Tips on visiting:
The best time to visit is the dry season from November to March.
In the forest quite a lot of land leeches. They do not look like ours, small and their bites are not felt. Say they even jump on the victims from trees. To protect yourself from them best with clothes. After walking a better look at the whole body, because they can climb in the most unexpected places.
And yet, for safety purposes, do not seek encounters with wild elephants.
How to get
Forest Sinharaja rainforest is quite large, and, of course, you will not pass. Usually offered to explore it on one of the trails at one of the eco-centres or eco-lodge, of which there are several. Getting around the roads within the forest in General is free and the entrance to the trails at eco-centres will be charged. With a strong desire you can wander through self uncharted routes independently, but use caution. Here is really dangerous, including for snakes!!! We do not recommend you to go walking in the jungle.
If you plan to visit in the forest by hiring a car with a guide or buy a tour, it routes you to not worry: you will be taken to the entrance, take the money for the entrance and lead them up the trail.
If you decide to go into the forest by yourself, you can use one of several inputs, but not through all of them you can drop straight into the woods on his truck. Our experience (authors website) showed that on a motorcycle you can drop in, at least from Neluwa (this is the road to the waterfall Dooli Ella). Drove this route, you can see the falls and then continue along the road towards the eco-center Lankagama and Pitadeniya, making stops to explore in the jungle or in the eco-centres. The road there is sometimes very bad, so the travel speed will be very low. To better get back the same route.
With the settlement Pallegama you can get right up close to the eco-center Pitadeniya, bypassing Dooli Ella. Here is several waterfalls (at least five) and good trails. The guides are available.
You can also get close to the forest via Deniyaya town (entrance Morning site), where you can leave your transport and continue to go into the woods alone or with a guide. To get the motorcycle into the woods here will not work, too narrow path.
From the North the entrance is usually done through Kudawa village.
Near each of the entrances is an opportunity to stay in the camp (something like a camp site for overnight, early in the morning to start a longer route.
The input chamber
The entrance to Sinharaja rainforest is worth 500 rupees (see money Sri Lanka’s exchange rate). The fee is charged at checkpoints in eco-centers, but if you are going to get there in the woods by yourself, it is quite possible that you are the moment one of the checkpoints and no money for the entrance since you will not take. The cost of the trip into the forest with a guided tour of Unawatuna, Hikkaduwa and other resorts in Sri Lanka starts from $ 50 per person.