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Sinharaja Forest Reserve

Sinharaja Forest Reserve is a UNESCO world heritage forest and one of the most important biodiversity sites in the world. It has diverse trails ranging from easy to hard and you can spend a few hours or a whole day trekking. It also has over 450 species of birds (including 27 endemic ones like the Ceylon Blue Magpie) so it’s perfect for bird lovers.
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By Sinharaja Forest Gate
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How do I get there?
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The experience takes place at Sinharaja Forest Reserve. The best way to get there from Colombo is by car, which will take approximately 3.5 hours. We wouldn't recommend taking public transport from Colombo to Sinharaja Forest Reserve as the transport is infrequent and the total journey will take almost twice as long, as it would by private vehicle. If you would like to take public transport, you can take a bus from Colombo to Ratnapura, and then a tuk-tuk or taxi from Ratnapura to Sinharaja Forest Reserve. This journey will take 5-6 hours.
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Do I need to go with a guide?
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The park requires that visitors into the Forest Reserve be accompanied by a licensed guide. If you don't have a licensed guide, you will only have limited access to the Forest Reserve. The hikes with Sinharaja Forest Edge lodge are with a licensed park guide and therefore take you deeper into the rainforest. The hikes with Sinharaja Ecolodge are with the lodge's in-house guides, and only take you around the surroundings of the lodge. If you wish to stay at Sinharaja Ecolodge and go deeper into the rainforest, we are happy to arrange an additional licensed park guide for you.
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Do I need to train up?
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Not necessarily - it depends on the option you choose! There are many trails at Sinharaja, which range from low to high intensity. The low-intensity hikes are suitable for complete beginners or people who want to go through the forest at an easy pace. The high-intensity hikes are suitable for intermediate hikers or people who have a regular cardio routine.
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What's the best time to go?
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The best months to visit are January, April, August, September, October, November, December
We recommend the above period because you would have good weather.
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Any tips for what to do in the area?
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Sinharaja is a fairly isolated place, so unfortunately, there is not a lot to do outside of hiking and relaxing at the hotel. This does give you plenty of time to simply relax in nature though!
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