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Trip 2 Sinharaja World Heritage Rain Forest, Sri Lanka

Singharaja World Heritage Rain forest is largely undisturbed most famous rainforest in Sri Lanka. This important forest is also a Man and Biosphere Forest reserve. It is home to a large number of endemic species.

The Sinharaja region has long featured in the legends and lore of the people of Sri Lanka. Its name, literally meaning lion (sinha) king (raja), perhaps refers to the original ‘king-sized or royal forest of the Sinhalese’, a people of the legendary ‘lion-race’ of Sri Lanka (Hoffmann, 1979), or to the home of a legendary lion of Sri Lanka.

How to get there:

There are three access points to Sinharaja forest. Easiest route from Colombo is to go to Horana, Matugama, Kalawana, Weddagala and enter the forest through Kudawa entrance at northwestern edge of the forest. You can stay at Forest department managed Kudawa camp. You can also stay at Martin’s Lodge or Blue Magpie lodge situated close the forest.

Second entrance is from Gall or Matara you can go to Deniyaya and then enter the forest through Pitadeiniya Entrance  at Southern edge of the forest. You can stay at Pitadeniya conservation Resource center. You can also enter the forest by going to Deniyaya, then turn off main road just south of Suriyakanda and enter the forest through Morning Side Entrance at eastern side of the forest.

Trails into the forest:

Sinharaja rain forest of sri lanka - trekking through mulawella trail
Sinharaja rain forest of sri lanka - trekking through mulawella trail

There are three nature trails from Kudawa. Mulawella Trail, Wathurawa Trail and Sinhagala Trail.

Map showing how to reach sinharaja rain forest from Colombo, through Kudawa entrance:
Colombo, Galle Road, Kaluthara, Turn Left at Katukurunda Junction, Nagoda, Agalawatta, Kalawana, Weddagala, Sinharaja, Kudawa Forest Department Camp

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  • Victoria Pezzali
    November 28, 2011 at 7:45 am

    I wanna gooo!

    • Tiger
      December 16, 2011 at 12:39 pm

      Your answer lifts the inetlilgence of the debate.

  • Sandra Cheng
    November 28, 2011 at 7:47 am

    Visited the forest. One of my favorite places.

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  • Brian
    August 24, 2012 at 9:42 am

    Nice Post on a Natural wonder of world.

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  • Balachandran
    August 28, 2012 at 5:49 am

    Can you go to Sinharaja from Colombo in one day as a day trip.

    • admin
      August 28, 2012 at 5:52 am

      @Balachandran – Yes If you leave early you can reach Sinharaja within 3-4 hours (before Lunch). Through kudawa entrance climb up to Navanda tree or to research station or to Mulawella and then you can leave the forest by 5.30 pm, after taking a bath at the river close to Kuwdawa camp if you like.

  • Nirosha Ekanayake
    August 31, 2012 at 2:11 pm

    Back to nature.

  • YBA (Young Biologists' Association)
    September 18, 2012 at 8:02 am

    YBA members visit Sinharaja Forest every year. This year we had a nice educational tour, thanks for sharing some of our photos here, taken by YBA members Palinda Perera and Pulasthi C. Talagala

  • murshid
    January 31, 2013 at 8:41 am

    can we go to singharaja by one day

    • admin
      January 31, 2013 at 4:10 pm

      murshid – Yes if you leave colombo early you can reach Sinharaja after 3.5 to 4 hours @ 12.
      You can go to sinhagala or Nvanda Tree and return from the forest by 5 pm.

  • kiruthiga
    October 16, 2013 at 2:24 pm

    i am living in colombo. We are planning to come to sinharaja forest as a one day class trip.Are we suppose to get any permission from the administrative department of sinharaja forest?

  • Vishwa
    October 23, 2013 at 4:11 pm

    If we leave colombo at about 1 p.m will we able to reach kudawa buy bus. i went there about 10 years back. there was only one bus from weddagala to kudawa at that time. at least by what time do we need to reach kalawana or weddagala to get a bus to kudawa. Thanks.

  • Arzath Areeff
    August 26, 2015 at 9:56 am

    thanks for ur post its really nice
    please let me know can we do camp inside the forest? and inside the forest how long we can hike (Km) ?
    can we do hike without the guid ?
    Thank you

  • nizar
    November 24, 2015 at 5:45 am

    how much we have to pay for tickets? and how much for a guide seprately? and is it must to have a guide for just a one day trip to forest? thank you

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  • Roshan S Pahalage
    July 25, 2016 at 5:31 pm

    I am Sri Lankan and from Mathale, I want to visit Sinharaja forest within a day, with my class students,what should I do first? do we need to get permission first?

    • Trip2Lanka
      July 27, 2016 at 5:29 pm

      If you are going for one day, you do not need any permission. Just visit the forest.
      Easiest way is to enter the Sinharaja Forest through Kudawa. You can go to Mulawella or Navada Gaha within one day. One the site you can get a Guide from Forest Department office at Kuwawa.

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  • Sri Lankan Safest Driver
    May 19, 2017 at 5:57 am

    It was a good experience. Thanks for all the information.

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    May 29, 2017 at 1:59 am

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