Srilanka Travel Best Destinations

SINHARAJA

Located in south-west Sri Lanka, Sinharaja is the country's last viable area of primary tropical rainforest. More than 60% of the trees are endemic and many of them are considered rare. There is much endemic wildlife, especially birds, but the reserve is also home to over 50% of Sri Lanka's endemic species of mammals and butterflies, as well as many kinds of insects, reptiles and rare amphibians. Sri Lanka's tropical rain forest, the Sinharaja is a UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site. One of the few virgin forests left in the world. Visitors are required to obtain permits from the Wildlife Department in order to visit this sanctuary. Streams, springs, rivers, waterfalls, leopard, monkeys, butterflies and moths, rare trees, valuable shrubs and medicinal herbs are all found within its green canopy. A trek along prescribed paths would provide nature lovers with a never to be forgotten experience of sights and sounds. The largest mammal in the forest is the rarely spotted leopard, also infrequently glimpsed are the rusty spotted and wild fishing cats. Sambhur, barking deer and wild boar browse on the forest floor. The more common troops of purple-faced langur monkeys will chatter and move through the trees above you, but you're more likely to hear them than actually see them. There are also rats, shrews, giant squirrels, porcupines, civets, mongooses, venomous snakes, 20 species of birds and 45 species of reptiles!

MUTHURAJAWELA

MUTHURAJAWELA is the largest salty coastal peat swamp in Sri Lanka, located on the west coast between Negombo Lagoon and Kelani River and spreading inland up to Paliyagoda close to Colombo. The Marsh together with the Negombo Lagoon shapes an integrated coastal wetland eco-system. This marsh lagoon complex is estimated to have originated about 5000 year BC. The annual rainfall here is about 2000-2500m, while the average annual temperature is 27c. The northern section of the marsh covering an area of 1,777ha was declared a sanctuary in July 1996 under the fauna & flora protection ordinance. This wetland ecosystem consists of fresh, andBrackish water marshes, mangroves, and natural and man-made canal system. One Can have a boat ride along the canals or can simply visit to different marshlands to Observe many aquatic birds including Lesser Whistling Duck, Purple Swamp-hen, White-breasted Waterhen, Whiskered Tern, Pin-tailed Snipe and Little Green Heron. Apart from the aquatic birds, raptors such as Brahmin Kite and Marsh Harrier Could be observed commonly.

KOSGODA

KOSGODA is famous for its Turtle Hatchery- operated by the Wild Life Protection Society of Sri Lanka. It was established in 1981 to protect Sri Lanka's turtles from extinction. The hatchery pays fishermen for eggs that they collect at night along the sandy beach. Visitors can see huge tanks filled with new born turtle hatchlings. After being fed, the baby turtles are taken to the sea and released when they are 2-4 days old, usually during the safer hours of darkness. Although October to April is the main laying season, some eggs can be found at Kosgoda throughout the year.