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Sinharajaya Rainforest

As the island’s biggest rainforest, it is home to 830 indigenous species of flora and fauna, including some vulnerable and endangered species.

In 1988, UNESCO designated the country’s last surviving tract of primary tropical rainforest as a World Natural Heritage site. This breathtaking biodiversity hotspot spans 11000ha. It rains often here, with an annual rainfall range of 3000 to 6000mm.

It is a birder’s paradise, with habitats for over 160 species of birds, including 30 endemic species, as well as 45 species of reptiles, including more than 20 endemic species. More than 60% of the trees in the forest are indigenous, with 16 of them classified as uncommon. This woodland is home to a diverse range of insects, reptiles, and amphibians. Explore the forest on

Additional information

Nearby Attractions

The most popular nearby attraction

  • Galle Dutch Fort Dutch Fort (89km)


Accommodation (within 10km)

  • Star Classified hotels- Yes (up to 4 star)
  • International Chain Hotels- No
  • Boutique Hotels- No
  • Resorts- No
  • Ayurvedic Hotels- No
  • Inns/Guest Houses- Yes
  • Hostels- Yes
  • Homestays- Yes
  • Eco Hotels- Yes

* You might still find preferred accommodation in nearby cities.


Distance from

  • CMB Airport- 167km (travel time: 3hrs 30min)
  • Colombo City- 163km (travel time: 3hrs 30min)
  • Sigiriya Rock Fortress- 291km (travel time: 6hrs)
  • Anuradhapura Ancient City- 328km (travel time: 6hrs 30min)
  • Polonnaruwa Ancient City- 339km (travel time: 6hrs 40min)
  • Kandy City- 237km (travel time: 5hrs 10min)
  • Galle Dutch Fort- 89km (travel time: 2hrs 40min)

* The time and distance are only given to give you an idea. There are stopovers between the two locations. The cities listed above are some of the most popular tourist attractions in Sri Lanka.

Best Time


  • January to April

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