Rain Forest Tours
Trek through the Sinharaja Rain Forest, one of Asia’s best known Rain Forests. The Sinharaja Rain Forest is a biodiversity hotspot and recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The Sinharaja Rain Forest being just 21km from east to west and 07km from north to south is relatively small in contrast to other rain forests. However this living heritage with its high diversity of vegetation has made it a favorable sanctuary for various species of birds, mammals, reptiles, insects, fish, amphibians and plant life; all co-existing within the ecosystem, resulting in over 50% of the country’s endemic species of wildlife being found here.
The vegetation at Sinharaja is that of a tropical wet evergreen forest with large trees that grow to heights of 35m to 40m and even going up to 50m, believed to have unbelievable genetic potential.
The larger mammals are the Elephants (only few seen on the Rakwana side) a few Leopards, Sambar, Fishing Cat, Rusty Spotted Cat, Barking deer, Mouse deer, Jackal and Wild boar and the commonly seen endemic Purple-faced langur and the Toque macaque. The avifauna includes 20 endemic species of the 33 endemic species found in the country. This includes the elusive Red faced Malkoha, Green-billed Coucal and the Sri Lanka Blue Magpie. The reptiles include the endemic Green-pit viper and Hump-nosed viper. The smaller mammals include, Porcupine, Otter, three types of squirrels; Giant, Small striped and Flying, two species of Mongoose- the Badger and Brown, two species of Civets; Ring-tailed and Golden Palm, many species of Bandicoot, Rats, Bats and even the very rare Pangolin.
In order to trek through the dense greenery of Sinharaja and observe all the beauty within it, visitors must start very early and spend the complete day here and sometimes even return the next day to catch a glimpse of what might have been missed.