Sinharaja Forest Reserve is a national park covering an area of 11,250 hectares in the range of 300-1170 m high in the Rakwana Range in the southwestern part of the Central Highlands of Sri Lanka. It borders the Galle District. It has received international attention and has been declared a Biosphere Reserve and a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
More than 50% of Sri Lanka's endemic mammals, butterflies, insects, reptiles and rare amphibians are found in large numbers in the Sinharaja Forest Reserve.
Rainfall is caused by two monsoons :
- Annual rainfall ranges from 3614 to 5006 mm
- Temperatures range from 19 C to 34 C
There are three entrances to the Sinharaja Forest Reserve :
- Southwest monsoon in May-July
- Northeast monsoon in November-January
Best time to visit:
Pitadeniya Entrance: The main and oldest entrance.
Route :Deniyaya --> Then to Mederiptiya via --> Pallegama city
The waterfalls you will find at this destination : Kakuna Waterfall,Pathan Waterfall,Malmora Waterfall
The best thing you will find while trekking through this forest area is the Lankama entrance
- Kudawa Entrance
- Morning side Entrance
- Lankagama Entrance
- Samangala Entrance (newest entrance)
January to May and August to December