Sinharaja Day Tour

The rich and unique animal and plant life in the Sinharaja Rainforest Reserve is the reason why it was marked as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1988. Currently, the reserve spans 8864 hectares and the country plans to quadruple the size of the area to respect the ecological significance of the region. The hilly virgin rainforest is a treasure trove of endemic species including mammals, reptiles, birds, amphibians and of course, an abundance of trees and insects.

Particularly known for bird watching, an interesting phenomenon here is that birds move in mixed feeding flocks, led by the great Racket-tailed Drongo and the noisy Orange-billed Babbler. 20 of the 26 endemic bird species in Sri Lanka are seen at the Sinharaja Rainforest. In addition to bids, more than 60% of the plants are endemic, many of which are rare. The reserve is also home to more than 50% of the country’s endemic mammal, butterfly, reptile, amphibian and insect species.

Possible wildlife sightings

Birds
• Sri Lankan Blue Magpie
• Grey Hornbill
• Red Faced Malkoha
• Scaly Thrush
• Wood Pigeon
• Yellow Eared Bulbul
• Dusky Blue Flycatcher

Mammals
• Giant squirrel
• Dusky Striped Giant Squirrel
• Badger Mongoose
• Purple Faced Leaf Monkey
• Torque Macaque

Reptiles
• Green Pit Viper
• Hump-nosed Viper
• Torrent Toad
• Wrinkled Frog
• Sri Lankan Reed Frog

Due to the dense vegetation, animal spotting is a challenge. This kind of atmosphere is a real treat to wildlife enthusiasts though who are eagerly waiting to travel deep into the forests in search of rare wildlife. The amazing flora and fauna that beautifies this forest reserve are those that live in temperatures ranging from 19-34 degrees Celsius. The average height of trees varies between 35m-45m within the rainforest.

Things you should know before you visit Sinharaja

• Beware of leeches. For protection, leech socks are available for purchase at the entrance offices. Carry some salt just in case one of the leeches got you even through the socks.

• An experienced, English speaking guide is advisable to show you around and educate you on the flora and fauna.

• There are three entrances to the park, each offering different experiences to guests.

• Carry water, rainproof jacket, binoculars, a camera and some snacks with you.

At a glance

Is this day tour for me?

This day tour is a nature lover’s dream. Anyone who has a keen interest in exploring flora, fauna, bird species and wildlife can opt for this day tour and be rest assured that it is going to be an exciting and memorable day!

Can it be tailor-made?

Yes, this Sinharaja day tour itinerary can be customized according to your requirements.

When to go

Located at the heart of the island’s wet zone, rain is very frequent in Sinharaja. However, the months from January to March are definitely worth visiting, without the rain being troublesome. April and August to October sees slight rain but it’s worth a try.

Transfers

Hotel – Day Tour – Hotel

Things you will do

Guided trekking through the Sinharaja rainforest making your way through the plants.

Identify endemic species.

One on one encounters with birds, butterflies and other wild animals.

Reach the Sinhagala rock for a 360 degree view of the rainforest.

Lunch at a recommended restaurant

Afternoon village trek bordering Sinharaja rainforest.

Places you will visit

Sinharaja Forest Reserve
Sinharaja Rainforest Reserve

Due to the dense vegetation, animal spotting is a challenge. This kind of atmosphere is a real treat to wildlife enthusiasts though who are eagerly waiting to travel deep into the forests in search of rare wildlife.

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Capturing pictures of Sinharaja’s endemic species.

A dip in the natural pool and waterfall.

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