The Sinharaja is in southwest Sri Lanka and is the last remaining area of viable primary tropical rainforest. It’s a treasure trove of endemic wildlife and fauna, especially birds, trees and butterflies, and most of Sri Lanka’s endemic mammal species can be found there.
In short, it is a remarkable place. It’s an essential stop on any itinerary for keen birders, but it affords visitors with a casual interest, an exhilarating glimpse of wonderful lizards, snakes, spiders, birds, vast trees, colourful rainforest plants and beautiful scenery. The paths are wide, so it is not only the intrepid that can enjoy Sinharja, though leeches are prevalent. Walks vary in length and can be managed without difficulty by most people.
It often rains, though a little less between January and April, so bring a lightweight jacket and expect to get wet. We recommend long trousers and good socks (for protection against leeches) and good trainers for walking. There are several accommodation options, but all require careful thought. Please speak to our consultants about which option would suit you best.
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