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Sinharaja Forest Reserve - Things to Know Before Visiting

Sinharaja Rainforest, Deniyaya 81500, Sri Lanka

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About Sinharaja Forest Reserve

This is forest reserve is a biodiversity hotspot in Sri Lanka. It has been designated as a Biosphere Reserve in 1978 and World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1988. The reserve's name means the Lion Kingdom.

Attractions Near Sinharaja Forest Reserve

Weligama Beach
Weligama Beach44.2km from Sinharaja Forest Reserve

You will see fishers on the beach with fishing rods in hand seated on stilts without moving, a unique fishing method in this area. This is a great place to learn surfing.

Udawalawe National Park
Udawalawe National Park45.06km from Sinharaja Forest Reserve

Udawalawe National Park is located on the border of Sabaragamuwa and Uva Provinces, south Sri Lanka. The national park was established to be a sanctuary for wild animals. It has the Udawalawa Elephant Orphanage- to rehabilitate orphaned elephant calves for release back into the wild.

Mirissa Beach
Mirissa Beach46.05km from Sinharaja Forest Reserve

It is the best places to see one of the only recorded resident blue whale colonies in their natural habitat. You could also see dolphins on whale the watching trips from Mirissa and Dondra head on the south coast.

Galle Dutch Fort
Galle Dutch Fort47.28km from Sinharaja Forest Reserve

Galle Fort in the Bay of Galle was built first in 1588 by the Portuguese, then widely fortified by the Dutch in the 17th century. It is a historical, archaeological and architectural heritage monument. The fort has recognized as a cultural heritage by UNESCO.

Hikkaduwa Beach
Hikkaduwa Beach49.56km from Sinharaja Forest Reserve

It is reputed as the second best-surfing spot in Sri Lanka. The beach is known for its Coral Reef that visitors can access.

Sri Pada / Adam's Peak
Sri Pada / Adam's Peak50.26km from Sinharaja Forest Reserve

Adam's Peak is located 2,243 meters above sea leavel in the south of central Sri Lanka. It is known for as Sri Pada, a sacred footprint, a 1.8 m (5 ft 11 in) rock formation near the summit, which in Buddhist tradition is held to be the footprint of the Buddha, in Hindu tradition that of Hanuman or Shiva, and in some Islamic and Christian traditions that of Adam, or that of St. Thomas.

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Southern Province
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The seventh-largest provinces out of nine in Sri Lanka. Its geographic area has the districts of Galle, Matara and Hambantota. Farming and fishing are the primary sources of income for the majority of the locals in this region. It is divided into 3 districts and 47 divisional secretariats with the third largest population of the country, most of them living in Galle district.