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Sinharaja Rainforest Walk

Southern Province, Sri Lanka
ui, duration, time, clock, watch Less than 1 day to 4 days
Effortless to Beginner
best Best time to go: January, April, August, September, October, November, December

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Half-Day Rainforest Walk
PRIVATE TRIP

Half-Day Rainforest Walk

Less than 1 day Max: 10 guests
Kakunalla Falls
Sinharaja Rainforest Reserve
2 Highlights

Sinharaja Forest Gate

No reviews
From 28.56 USD / person
1-Day Rainforest Hike
PRIVATE TRIP

1-Day Rainforest Hike

1 day Max: 10 guests
Kakunalla Falls
Pathanoya Falls
Sinharaja Rainforest Reserve
3 Highlights

Sinharaja Forest Gate

No reviews
From 35.70 USD / person
Bird Watching Hike
PRIVATE TRIP

Bird Watching Hike

1 day Max: 12 guests
Sinharaja Rainforest Reserve
1 Highlight

Sinharaja Forest Gate

No reviews
From 40.80 USD / person
Medium-intensity hike (with overnight in guesthouse)
PRIVATE TRIP

Medium-intensity hike (with overnight in guesthouse)

2 days 1 night Max: 10 guests
Sinharaja Rainforest Reserve
1 Highlight

Jansen's Bungalow Sinharaja Forest Retreat

4.6 (15)
3 years experience
From 41.67 USD / person
Waterfalls Hike
PRIVATE TRIP

Waterfalls Hike

1 day Max: 10 guests
Sinharaja Rainforest Reserve
Kakunalla Falls
2 Highlights

Sinharaja Forest Gate

No reviews
From 51 USD / person
1-day Bird Watching Hike
PRIVATE TRIP

1-day Bird Watching Hike

1 day Max: 20 guests
Sinharaja Rainforest Reserve
1 Highlight
STG

Sinharaja Tour Guide

4.0 (1)
7 years experience
From 51 USD / person
1-day Waterfalls Hike
PRIVATE TRIP

1-day Waterfalls Hike

1 day Max: 20 guests
Sinharaja Rainforest Reserve
Kakunalla Falls
2 Highlights
STG

Sinharaja Tour Guide

4.0 (1)
7 years experience
From 51 USD / person
Medium-intensity hike (with overnight in guesthouse)
PRIVATE TRIP

Medium-intensity hike (with overnight in guesthouse)

2 days 1 night Max: 10 guests
Sinharaja Rainforest Reserve
1 Highlight

Rainforest Mount Lodge

3.8 (12)
2 years experience
From 57.12 USD / person
Half-Day Rainforest Walk w/ transfer from Weligama
PRIVATE TRIP

Half-Day Rainforest Walk w/ transfer from Weligama

Less than 1 day Max: 12 guests
Sinharaja Rainforest Reserve
1 Highlight

Pradeep Tours

4.9 (30)
10 years experience
From 74.46 USD / person
Low-intensity walk
JOIN-IN TRIP

Low-intensity walk

1 day 1 night Max: 24 guests
Sinharaja Rainforest Reserve
1 Highlight

Rainforest EcoLodge

4.5 (30)
7 years experience
From 128.52 USD / person
Medium-intensity hike
JOIN-IN TRIP

Medium-intensity hike

1 day 1 night Max: 24 guests
Sinharaja Rainforest Reserve
1 Highlight

Rainforest EcoLodge

4.5 (30)
7 years experience
From 181.56 USD / person
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What you should know

How do I get there?
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.
Do I need to go with a guide?
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.
Do I need to train up?
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.
What's the best time to go?
The best months to visit are January, April, August, September, October, November, December
We recommend the above period because you would have good weather.
How much time do I need?
You'll need 1.5 to 2.5 days (including travel time from Colombo) to do any of the options - the exact amount of time will depend on the option you pick.
What's the difference between the options?
The main difference is in the intensity and length of the hikes - so you can pick the one that is most suited to how you would like to experience Sinharaja Forest Reserve. Sinharaja Forest Edge offers a wide variety of options for exploring the heart of the rainforest (from low to high-intensity hikes) with licensed park guides. On the other hand, the hikes with Sinharaja Rainforest 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 Rainforest Ecolodge and go deeper into the rainforest, we are happy to arrange an additional licensed park guide for you. Also, Sinharaja Rainforest Ecolodge includes complimentary driver accommodation (if you come with a driver), whereas Sinharaja Forest Edge does not. If you require driver accommodation at Sinharaja Forest Edge, please do let us know.
Any tips for what to do in the area?
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!
Is there anything else I should know?
As with any rainforest, do come prepared for leeches. If you visit during rainy season, there will be more leeches but proper clothing (ideally clothing that is tighter on the skin like sports leggings, and knee-length thick socks/leech socks) will protect you against them.

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