Sinharaja Forest Reserve is renowned as one of the last remaining tropical rainforests in Sri Lanka. Spread across 8,864 hectares, it boasts an astounding diversity of plant and animal species, many of which are found nowhere else on the planet.Home to over 50% of Sri Lanka`s endemic species, Sinharaja is a treasure trove of unique flora and fauna. From colorful butterflies to elusive leopards and exotic birds to ancient trees, the reserve offers an unmatched opportunity for wildlife enthusiasts and photographers.
For adventure seekers, Sinharaja offers a network of well-maintained trekking trails. The Sinharaja Main Trail and the Moulawella Trail are popular choices, providing an up-close encounter with the forest`s vibrant ecosystem. Don`t forget your camera, as you might spot rare bird species and even the elusive Sri Lankan leopard along the way.
Sinharaja is a dream destination for birdwatchers, with over 147 species recorded within its boundaries. Keep an eye out for the resplendent Sri Lankan blue magpie, the vibrant red-faced malkoha, and the melodious spot-winged thrush.
Sinharaja Forest Reserve is a protected area, and its fragile ecosystem requires responsible tourism practices. Visitors are encouraged to follow the Leave No Trace principles, stay on designated trails, and respect the local culture and environment.