Sinharaja Rain Forest a very important, UNESCO named world heritage site and Biosphere reserve. Sinharaja is one of the most important bio diversity hotspot in Sri Lank The hilly virgin rainforest, part of the Sri Lanka lowland rain forests was saved from the worst of commercial logging by its inaccessibility, and was designated a World Biosphere Reserve in 1978 and a World Heritage Site in 1988. The reserve’s name translates as Kingdom of the Lion.

The reserve is only 21 km (13 mi) from east to west, and a maximum of 7 km (4.3 mi) from north to south, but it is a treasure trove of endemic species, including trees, insects, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals.

Because of the dense vegetation, wildlife is not as easily seen as at dry-zone national parks such as Yala. The most common larger mammal is the endemic Purple-faced Langur.

An interesting phenomenon is that birds tend to move in mixed feeding flocks, invariably led by the fearless Greater Racket-tailed Drongo and the noisy Orange-billed Babbler. Of Sri Lanka’s 26 endemic birds, the 20 rainforest species all occur here, including the elusive Red-faced Malkoha, Green-billed Coucal and Sri Lanka Blue Magpie.

Reptiles include the endemic Green pit viper and Hump-nosed vipers, and there are a large variety of amphibians, especially tree frogs. Invertebrates include the endemic Common Birdwing butterfly and the inevitable leeches.

There are three major access ways to Sinharaja Rain forest and they are,

  • Kudawa Entrance – Colombo –> Kalawana –> Kudawa
  • Pitadeniya Entrance – Galle or Matara –> Deniyaya –> Pitadeniya – Our personal opinion is this is the best access route to visit Sinjaraja Rain Forest if you wish to have an authentic rain forest experience. The other two access ways are either too commercial or lost its glory to invading tourists groups and unavailability of good quality accommodation options.
  • Morning Side Entrance – Galle or Matara –> Deniyaya –> Morning Side Estate

In Sinharaja rain forest there are several places to visit in Pitadeniya (Southern) Entrance. There are about 8 beautiful waterfalls you can see in the Pitadeniya entrance. And also conservation resource center, Wathugala hanging bridge, Thudawa camp, Lions rock and another various endemic and another resources at Sinharaja Rain forest.

You can reside on Sinharaja forest at Pitadeniya conservation recourse center and all

The waterfalls you can witness

There are 8 very beautiful waterfalls and unlimited waterways at Pitadeniya enterence to Sinharaja forest. Those are Kekuna falls, Pathanoya falls, Malmora falls, Brahmana falls, Galdoru falls, Uran Wetuna falls, Thattu falls and Dhoowili falls. All those waterfalls and catogories in Sri Lankan major waterfalls list and it may see various sceneries in various angles. Some waterfalls are very higher and some are narrow once. Dhoowili falls is most beautiful waterfall in Sinharaja and Galdoru falls is somewhat different shape of waterfalls. Waterfalls locations are at below section.

Sinhagala

In sinharaja forest you find another famous place the highest place in the forest called “Sinhagala” to have wonderful experience of seeing Sinhagala you have to work along a foot path which lead eight kilometer with beautiful nature experience

Fauna

Some species are endemic to the Sinharaja Forest itself. Sinharaja also has many species of endemic fauna.

Other excursions we can arrange you

Hathmale ella and other waterfalls

The source of the fall is the Deniyaya Gongala mountain range and the stream flows on to the Ginganga River at Pallegama. Hathmale Falls (45m high and 10m wide) is the tallest fall in the Ginganga River and is split into seven segments (‘hathmala’). It is popular with both local and foreign visitors though sadly its popularity has had a negative effect on the environment, with plastic and polythene litter being left at the site.

There are some other small scale waterfallls nearby and we will show you on the way

Patna estate Burusgala

Located in the Patna Estate of Deniyaya, Burusgala is an amazing place where one can safely slide along the rocky surface of water. This place is a popular day outing locations which is attracted by hundreds of travelers a day. The journey to Burusgala also an interesting nature tour .

Visit Gababaruwa Temple

Gatabaru Raja Maha Viharaya (Getabaru Raja Maha Viharaya) is on a mountain top on the Akuressa – Deniyaya Road (A17) between Morawaka and Deniyaya. Until recently this temple has been rather neglected due to the rough terrain of the location. But now a good tar road has been built from the bottom of the mountain to the temple. The climb is strenuous even for a vehicle. From the park you have to do some climbing to reach the cave image house (temple) and devale and more climbing to reach the stupa. on the route to the Cave Temple is a golden casket made to the shape of a stupa displayed in a glass room.