After Break Fast a full day day at Sinharaja Rain Forest with the emphasis on endemic plants, reptiles and birds
Sinharaja is the last remaining primary lowland tropical rainforest in Sri Lanka. Its importance is recognized by UNESCO, and it is a must for wildlife enthusiasts. The forest is located about 30 kilometers (a couple of hours drive) from Ratnapura, in the south-west of the island. Everything about Sinharaja is special and the flora contains many endemic plants, animals and birds, including some 139 varieties of Sri Lanka’s 830 endemic trees! It is one of the few places that you can see the Blue-Faced Green Leaf Monkey and the Sri Lanka Hanging Parrot. Pretty Bamboo Orchids grow commonly beside the trails and many of the trees are adorned with epiphytes. A wonderful diversity of butterflies occur in the forest, including the spectacular Blue Morpho and Bird-Wings, dancing like windblown paper through the high canopy. Lizards are plentiful and the residents include a number of rare endemics. Although plenty of mammals inhabit Sinharaja, sightings are always a matter of luck. However, troupes of Purple-Faced Leaf Monkeys are likely to reveal their presence by the fearsome roaring calls of the males.
Sinharaja is noted for its birdlife, (much of which is endemic) including four eagles: Mountain Hawk, Black, Cresented Serpent and Rufous-Bellied. Some of the numerous other species include: Crested Goshawk, Sri Lanka Spurfowl, Layard’s Parakeet, Red-Faced Malkoha, Green-Billed Coucal, Malabar Trogon, Brown-Backed Needletail, Chestnut-Backed Owlet, Yellow-Fronted Barbet, Black-Crested Bulbul, Yellow-Browed Bulbul, Spot-Winged Thrush, Orange-Billed Babbler, Ashy-Headed Laughing Thrush, Sri Lanka Blue Magpie, White-Faced Starling, Hill Myna, Sri Lanka Myna and Black-Throated Munia. Even at mid-day it is possible to encounter one of the mixed species bird waves which usually comprise Orange-Billed Babblers in association with Crested Drongos, Malabar Trogons, Red-Faced Malkohas, Blue Magpies and a miscellany of other species
Overnight stay in Sinharaja