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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Is Sinharaja closed due to COVID-19?
After months of lockdown in Sri Lanka, operations in the country have resumed under strict health guidelines that visitors must follow. Domestic travellers and ex-pats living in Sri Lanka are currently allowed to visit Sinharaja Forest Reserve.
Vehicle numbers entering parks have been restricted to half to prevent overcrowding of popular wilderness areas, and e-ticketing has been introduced to reduce physical contact.
In accordance with COVID-19 health guidelines, visitors are allowed into the national park only after their body temperature is checked at the entrance and they provide their personal contact details. Only five visitors are allowed in one safari jeep.
Sri Lanka is expecting to open borders to international travellers from August 1, 2020. We are continuing to monitor the situation and will provide updates if the opening date were to change.