About 17 km from Galle, the Kottawa Rainforest and Arboretum is on Udugama Road, just half an hour’s drive from Galle. It is a part of the Kottawa Kombala Conservation Forest of 1,800 hectares. It has a wide track which runs for a kilometer or less through the gloom of the rainforest.
As it is also an arboretum, many of the trees are identified with name boards at the entrance. For experiencing the rainforest, Kottawa is better as one actually walks in comfortable walking conditions under the rainforest in Kottawa. The ticket center is open for tourists from 08.30am to 5.00 pm.