About Sinharaja Forest Reserve
Sinharaja Forest Reserve, situated 120 km south-east of Colombo, is the last extensive stretch of virgin rainforest on the Sri Lanka island. Sinharaja is a biodiversity hotspot in Sri Lanka, and has been declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1989. The terrain of Sinharaja Forest reserve is 18,889 hectares in size and consists of series of ridges and valleys. The forest reserve is surrounded by two rivers – Koskulana Ganga in the north and Gin Ganga in the south.
Sinharaja is an ecological treasure trove with amazing array of flora and fauna, including trees, insects, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals. 60% of trees in Sinharaja Forest reserver are endemic and many of them are considered very rare. Tourists won’t find wildlife so easily here as compared to other National parks like Yala etc. The main wildlife tourist attractions are elephants and leopards. The name of the reserve translates into Kingdom of Lion.