Sinharaja and Kitulgala

Sinharaja Rain Forest 

Sinharaja’s importance as Sri Lanka’s only primarily lowland rainforest is recognised by UNESCO, and is a must for wildlife enthusiasts. Located in the southwest of the island, it is a special place. The forest reserve has an exceptional importance in terms of its biodiversity and fragility. Sinharaja is fondly referred to as a bird watcher’s paradise. Indulge in the sound silence of the leafy everglades, in wait of the prize ,Blue Magpie or the Sri Lanka White Eye. It is home to 95% of the endemic birds of Sri Lanka! Steeped in deep mystery, this evergreen rainforest was named after a Lion (Sinha) King (Raja). The legend has it that the origin of the Sinhala people is from the union between a princess and the lion king who once lived in the forest.

 

White Water Rafting Kitulgala

Experience White Water Rafting in the picturesque Kelani River, covering 5 major rapids and 4 minor rapids. This activity is for anyone above the age of 10 years with safety gear, modern rafts, and a comprehensive safety briefing will be given by our white water rafting instructors beforehand. The distance covered is around 5 KMs. The river and its surrounding will make you feel enchanted, with a memorable Experience during your White Water Rafting Tour in Kitulagala.

Bird watching and trekking in Kitulgala.

The Makandawa Forest Reserve in Kitulgala (195 Ha) was established to protect the watershed of the Kelani River and is home to many of Sri Lanka’s endemic fauna & flora. This area is also famous for its adventure activities including rafting on Grade 3 and 4 rapids down the Kelani River and jungle treks or mountain bike rides through jungle-clad hills and plantations growing low-country tea and rubber. The breathtaking scenery here was used for the filming of the Oscar-winning classic `The Bridge over the River Kwai’ by David Lean. The unique experience of visiting this Kitulgala forest reserve is the boat trip across the river.

Second to Sinharaja, the Kitulgala forest reserve would be the ideal rainforest habitat to spot most of the lowland endemic species of birds including the Green-bill Coucal, Chestnut-backed Owlet, Red-faced Mal koha, Sri Lanka Spot-winged Thrush, Grey Hornbill, Sri Lanka Spur fowl, Ceylon Jungle fowl and Yellow-fronted Barbet. The newly discovered Serendip Scoops Owl was also first heard in this forest. Plenty of insect repellent and anti-leech socks, if you have a pair, are useful to wear when entering the forest. Mammal species found here include the Grizzled Indian Squirrel, Layard’s Striped Squirrel and the Purple-faced Leaf Monkey. The streams hold endemic fish and many species of amphibians. The Earless Lizard, Kangaroo Lizard and the Hump-nosed Lizard are among the reptile species and are frequently seen in the foliage along the Kelani River.

Tour Itinerary

Tour Itinerary
1. Arrival time will be 6.30 A.M at Kitulgala.
2 .Brief description of the trail and the forest reserve
3 .Starting the bird watching tour at 6.45 A.M.
4 .Rest stops within every 1 K.M.
5 .Refreshments
6 .Photography sessions
7 .Reaching the trail head by 11.30 A.M

    


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