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Singharaja Rain Forest Excursion, Sri Lanka

Region: hill-country | Location: Sinharaja
Sri Lanka Singharaja Rain Forest
 Other regions: ancient-cities | capital-colombo | east-coast | south-coast | west-coast
Sinharaja Rain Forest’s biodiversity makes it one of Sri Lanka’s seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Sinharaja Rain Forest is a great location for general wildlife enthusiasts and a must for bird watchers. Sinharaja, which translates as 'Lion King', covers an area of nearly 19,000 hectares close to the gem-mining town of Ratnapura, and consists of natural rain forest as well as introduced species, such as teak and mahogany. More than 60% of the trees in Sinharaja Rain Forest are endemic and many of them are considered rare. There is much endemic wildlife, especially birds, but the reserve is also home to over 50% of Sri Lanka's endemic species of mammals and butterflies, as well as many kinds of insects, reptiles and rare amphibians.

Sinharaja Rain Forest is one of the few virgin forests left in the world. Streams, springs, rivers, waterfalls, elephants, leopard, monkeys, butterflies and moths, rare trees, valuable shrubs and medicinal herbs are all found within its green canopy. A trek along prescribed paths would provide nature lovers with a never to be forgotten experience of sights and sounds. However, because of the dense vegetation, wildlife is not as easily seen as at dry-zone national parks such as Yala. There are elephants and leopards in the Sinharaja Rain Forest but rarely seen. The commonest larger mammal is the endemic Purple-faced Langur.

Note - Please note that if you wish to visit Sinharaja Rain Forest you may need a minimum 2 night stay near the forest to enjoy this option. Also, there aren't many hotels close to the forest and rates tend to be high. Therefore, Sinharaja Forest option is not practical for short tours.

Birds

This forest is considered to be one of the best birding sites in Sri Lanka with 22 out of Sri Lanka's 26 endemic birds having been sighted here, and large mixed flocks providing an unusual spectacle. Even the less experienced birder would hope to see 10-15 endemics during their stay, highlights include the red-faced malkoha, Sri Lanka frogmouth, spot-winged thrush and malabar trogon. It is not just birds that attract the visitors, over 60% of the country's endemic tree species are found here, along with an impressive list of butterfly, insect, amphibian and reptile species.

Other Animals

Due to the dense forest mammal life in Sinharaja Rain Forest can be more difficult to spot, of the 40 species listed as being in the forest there is a good chance of seeing giant squirrels, mongoose, purple-faced langur, wild boar and barking deer.
The largest mammal in the Sinharaja Rain Forest is the rarely spotted leopard, also infrequently glimpsed are the rusty spotted and wild fishing cats. Sambhur, barking deer and wild boar browse on the forest floor. The more common troops of purple-faced langur monkeys will chatter and move through the trees above you, but you're more likely to hear them than actually see them. There are also rats, shrews, giant squirrels, porcupines, civets, mongooses, venomous snakes, 20 species of birds and 45 species of reptiles.
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Note

Please note that if you wish to visit Singharja Rain Forest you will need a minimum 2 night stay near the forest to enjoy this option. Also, there aren't many hotels close to the forest and rates tend to be high. Therefore, Singharaja Forest option is not practical for short tours.

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