Located in south-west Sri Lanka, Sinharaja is the country's last viable area of primary tropical rainforest. More than 60% of tree species here are endemic and many of them are considered rare. There is much endemic wildlife too, 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.
In short, it is a remarkable place. For nature enthusiasts, this place is an essential stop on any itinerary and for the casual visitors, it affords 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 rains often, though a little less between January and April, so bring a lightweight jacket and expect to get wet. Long trousers (for leech protection) and good shoes for walking are also recommended. There are several accommodation options, but all require careful thought. Please speak to our consultants about which option would suit you best.
Selected Wildlife Holiday Ideas:
Sri Lanka's Big Mammals
Tailor-made for wildlife enthusiasts. Travel off-the-beaten-track with expert guides in search of elephants, leopards, whales and more.
Nature & Wildlife Explorer
Get a feel for the wide variety of natural sites, birds, and animals that Sri Lanka has to offer whilst staying in tucked away accommodation.
Birdlife and Natural Wealth of Sri Lanka
This holiday is ideal for those who love nature, especially birdlife. Visit the beautiful rainforests, coast, and wetlands of Sri Lanka.
Natural & Wild Sri Lanka
Enjoy the incredible wildlife of animals without missing the astonishing scenery, glorious beaches and local life.