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Sinharaja Rain Forrest

Sinharaja, is the jewel of the last remaining virgin rainforest crown in country is located in the wet zone of the country with a coverage of approx of 8900 hectares.

Due to its high bio-diversity and ecological importance, it has been declared as a National Heritage Wilderness Area and it is the only natural World Heritage Site (declared by UNESCO) in the country.

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Almost 95% of the countries endemic birds (about 19 species) are found here including rare Red-faced Malkoha, Green-billed Caucal, Blue Magpie and Sri Lanka Spur fowl.

Diversity among the reptiles and Amphibians are remarkably high. The endemic green pit viper, endemic hump nosed lizard (Lyriocephalus scutatus) and horned lizard (Ceratophora aspera) are common here. Small tributaries and rivers of the forest support the fish such as striped rasbora, walking catfish and endemic comb tail.

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Apart from its ecological and biodiversity value its scenic beauty is also invaluable. The largest known tree of the country is found in the Sinharaja, which is an endemic tree.Insect eating Pitcher plant is frequently seen here. This magnificent rainforest is also a home for large number of butterflies.

If you are lucky enough you can experience the tropical monsoon inside the forest, which will be an unforgettable experience.

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