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Sinharaja Rainforest - Walking through a Birding Wonderland

AVAILIBILITY: YEAR AROUND

SAFARI OPTIONS: HALF DAY, FULL DAY & TAILOR MADE

ACCOMDATION OPTIONS: CAMPING 0R STAR HOTELS

The last of the country’s extensive area of rainforest lies in the south-west of Sri Lanka: Sinharaja Forest Reserve. With over 8000 hectares, this is paradise to endemic wildlife, especially birds. In May 1875, Sinharaja was declared a forest reserve and since then it has had a long history of protection. A century later, UNESCO recognised it as a Biosphere Reserve in 1978 and as a World Heritage site in 1988. A day tour to this biodiversity hotspot, should not be missed.

With more than 95% of Sri Lanka’s endemic birds found here, bird watching in Sinharaja is a phenomenal experience to have. More than 147 species have been recorded to date.To name a few commonly sighted birds: the Sri Lanka Blue Magpie, Red Faced Malkoha, Grey Hornbill and White Headed Starling. About 13% of the birds are migratory, coming in for their winter break.

 

Over 50% of Sri Lanka’s endemic species of mammals and butterflies are found in Sinharaja. Besides birding in Sinharaja, watch out for the Sambhur, the most common deer species and the Mouse-deer. Leopards are very seldom sighted, but their frequent presence has been confirmed by tracks and other signs. The most commonly seen primate is the purple-faced leaf monkey. In contrast, the Brown Mongoose and the Golden-palm Civet have been occasionally sighted.

 

The rainforest is habitat to more than 60% of Sri Lanka’s endemic trees, some of which are considered rare.

WHAT TO BRING:

  • Lightly coloured clothing
  • Insect repellent
  • Good camera, spare batteries, extra memory cards, cables and chargers

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Colombo 08, Sri Lanka

 

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5 star rating

"Your guides, drivers and staff are exceptional, and the foundation of your great company. And our driver really did a fabulous job. A delight to be with and a charming influence on the journey. You have the good concept – Nice work and thank you for the great experience.”

Stephen from Canada, 25/11/2016

 5 star rating

The trip you suggested and organized through Eco Team gave us a good overview. We liked specially the Mahoora Explorer in Wilpattu and Udawalawe.

Anita & Ueli Letsch - Switzerland
29th March 2017

 5 star rating

Everyone has been so friendly and helpful. We have had such an excellent trip. The safaris in Yala and Udawalawe were a wonderful experience. We have many memories to take home and we saw so many wildlife. Chauffeur Guide were knowledgeable. The Big Game safari Camps were excellent, best service we have ever had. Attention to details very welcoming and food very good.

Mark Foyn - England
1st August 2017

5 star rating

Rukan was wonderful and we enjoyed his careful driving as well as his company throughout our journey. His English is very good and we had great conversations. It was nice to gain insight into the history and culture of Sri Lanka by speaking with him.
Our safari guide in Yala (Kasun) was the best! We saw 6 leopards and 3 sloth bears over the course of 4 outings. Compliments to him and the driver. I was worried that 4 safaris would not be enough, but that turned out not to be the case with their expert tracking skills.

We really enjoyed most of the lodges, especially Kings Pavilion, Chena Huts and Buckingham Place. Great rooms, service, and restaurants. Both Buckingham and Kings Pavilion surprised Rick with birthday cakes either in our room or at dinner. Buckingham also had a special table set up for us with flowers and decorations and the staff presented a birthday card signed by all of them!

All the food was wonderful both at the buffets and when ordering a la carte from menus. Pack meals during safaris were also very good with plenty of variety.

We both had a great time in your beautiful country. Thank you for all your help in planning this adventure. I would definitely recommend Eco Tours to my friends and family if they ever want to visit Sri Lanka. You really made us feel special.

Elaine Lee, USA

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