Kottawa Reserve Forest is located at a distance of 21 km from the city of Galle in the Galle District of the Southern Province, it is a beautiful, tranquil and cool lowland evergreen ecosystem. Situated at an altitude of 50-300 m above sea level, this reserve is also known as Punchi Sinharaja.
To see the Kottawa Reserve Forest you have to enter the entrance of the reserve which you will find after traveling about 21km on the Galle Udugama road.
History has it that during World War II, it was used as a British Empire headquarters. Also in 1930 a study was done on the existing land and in 1937 it was named as Kottawa Forest Park. Although this was part of the Sinharaja in the early days, due to later human activities and human settlements, the Kottawa Reserve Forest is now limited to a small area of about 37 acres apart from the Sinharaja.
When you go one way in this Kottawa Reserve Forest you will find a natural pool full of coolness. Most people who visit Kottawa Reserve Forest do not forget to go down to this pool and have fun. Also, there is a tea research institute located near the Kottawa Reserve Forest so you can have the same experience here.
When you enter this reserve, you will not feel lonely because the tranquility of the environment is broken by the sounds of the various species of birds that live here. Kottawa Reserve Forest is a major habitat for native birds and small species of fish endemic to the small streams that flow through the reserve. The plants in the Kottawa Reserve Forest add a unique beauty to the ecosystem.
If you go here to enjoy the beauty of the environment, be sure to bring back what you are carrying without harming the environment.
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