SINHARAJA FOREST RESERVE
Located in southwestern Sri Lanka,
Sinharaja is the last viable area of the country in the primary tropical rainforest.
More than 60% of trees are endemic and many of them are considered rare.
We find a lot of endemic fauna, especially birds, but the reserve is also home to over 50% of the endemic species of mammals and butterflies of Sri Lanka, as well as many types of insects, reptiles and rare amphibians.
Comprising the last extensive area of the primary lowland rainforest in Sri Lanka, the Sinharaja Forest Reserve is located in the wetland of the southwestern plain.
With an area of 8,864 hectares and an altitude between 300 and 1,170 meters, it includes 6,092 hectares of forest reserve and 2,772 hectares of proposed forest reserve.
This narrow strip of undulating terrain encloses a series of ridges and valleys that intersect with a complex network of waterways.
Draining both south and north, this detailed array of waterways flows into the Gin River on the southern border of the property and into the Kalu River through Napola Dola, Koskulana Ganga and Kudawa Ganga on the northern border.
Annual rainfall over the past 60 years has gone from 3614 to 5006 mm, with most of the rainfall during the southwest monsoon (May-July) and the northeast monsoon (November-January)
Sri Lanka is indeed the perfect place for children and for people who like animals and nature.
This country is incredibly green.
It is impossible not to find elephant herds on safari or even on the same road traveling.
It is also very easy to see leopards, macaques and other types of monkeys, giant squirrels, jackals, etc. etc
Furthermore, walking with children and adults through the Peradeniya Botanical Garden is a delight. Along with the giant trees and millions of plants, we will also find monkeys and other animals in this immense place.