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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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A - Kudawa Conservation Centre

B - Jeep track from Kudawa Conservation Centre to Kudawa Research Station

C - Mulawella Peak

D - Kudawa Research Station

E - Gal Yen Yaya

F - Sinhagala Peak

G - Pitadeniya Conservation Centre

H - Pitadeniya Ticket Counter

I - Track from Mediripitiya to Pitadeniya Conservation Centre

J - Kohila Aramba

K - Kekuna Ella

L - Patan-oya Ella

M - Duwili Ella (Kosmulla)

N - Morningside Conservation Centre

O - Natural Pool

P - Duwili Ella (Morningside)

 

1 - Wathurawa- Mulawella

2 - From Kudawa Conservation Centre to Nawanda Tree

3 - From Sinhagala Trail to Gal Len Yaya

4 - Sinhagala trail from Kudawa

5 - Kohila Aamba Trail

6 - Kekuna Ella and Pata-oua Ella Trail

7 - Sinhagala Trail from Pitadeniya

8 - Duwili Ella Trail from Denuwakanda

9 - Duwili Ella Trail from MCC

10 - From Morningside to the natural pool

11 - Trail from Kosmulla via Duwili Ella to Siththara gal lena (cave)

     
     
 

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