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Sinharaja Rain Forest

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Sinharaja Rain Forest is known as a bio diversity hot spot in Sri Lanka. 

The reserve is only 21 km from east to west, and a maximum of 7 km from north to south, but it is a treasure trove of endemic Species, including trees, insects, Amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals.

Because of the dense vegetation, wildlife is not as easily seen as at dry-zone national parks. There are about 3elephants and the 15 or so leopards are rarely seen. The most common larger mammal is the endemic Purple faced langur

An interesting phenomenon is that birds tend to move in mixed feeding flocks, invariably led by the fearless greater racket tailed drongo and the noisy orange billed babbler. Sri Lanka's 26 endemic birds, the 20 rain forest species all occur here, including the elusive red faced mal koha, green billed coucal and Sri lanka Blue Magpie.

Reptiles include the endemic green pit viper and hump nosed vipers, and there are a large variety of amphibians, especially tree frogs. Invertebrates include the endemic common bird wing butterfly and the inevitable leeches.

Peaks

  1.      Sinhagala
  2.      Pinipitigala
  3.      Mulawella

Access ways

  1.      Kudawa entrance - Colombo --> Kalawana --> Kudawa
  2.      Pitadeniya Entrance - Galle or Matara --> Deniyaya --> Pitadeniya
  3.      Morning Side Entrance -- Galle or Matara --> Deniyaya --> Morning Side Estate
  4.      Neluwa Side Entrance -- Colombo-->Kalutara-->Matugama--> Neluwa-->Warukandeniya
  5.      Sinharaja Division Entrance-- Colombo--> Kalutara-->Matugama-->Neluwa-->Deniyaya-->Beverly estate-->Enasalwatta