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Eco Tourism in Sri Lanka

When it comes to Eco tourism, the most basic need is living close to nature during your holiday. Sri Lanka offers quite a few locations where you could spend time among the wilderness of rainforests, enjoying white water rafting, watching animals in their natural habitat, and hiking in unexplored wilderness and so on. One of the salient features of Eco tourism is not disturbing the environment.

Singharaja rainforest

Being declared a world heritage site by UNESCO, Singharaja is an excellent place for Eco tourism due to the great diversity of habitat it offers. As it is a tropical lowland forest, dominant trees are 35 to 40 meters in height. There is thick undergrowth making the place ideal for both plant and animal life. You will find butterflies, birds, fish, reptiles, amphibians and mammals in this beautiful environment. However, large mammals are rarely seen due to the presence of dense vegetation. Bird watching is possible with many species of birds of which some endemic to Sri Lanka are being presented. You will also find purple faced monkeys feeding on tree tops without difficulty. There are four routes for accessing Singharaja. If you reach the Kudawa entrance through Kalawana, it is about 120km from Colombo.   

Kanneliya forest reservoir

It is located 35km northwest from Galle. Kanneliya is another tropical forest which you must visit if you are a lover of Eco tourism. It is a beautiful place with many streams, waterfalls, and “Gin Ganga” river. It spans in an area of 3509 hectares and is home to 59 species of birds, 32 species of butterflies, 07 species of reptiles and 10 species of mammals. There are quite a few interesting places to visit in this rich forest cover. Bat cave, Anagimal waterfall, Kabbale Peak and old logging trail are a few of them. The two waterfalls become livelier during the months of May and June.

Hiyare reservoir rainforest

In order to reach Hiyare reservoir, you need to travel just 14km from Galle. It is a natural reservoir that has become the main water source for the city of Galle. It has a catchment area over 240 hectares covered with thick tropical rainforest. The area provides a picture postcard view when looked at from the banks of the reservoir. This beautiful reservoir is a marvelous place for Eco tourism offers 118 species of birds and 33 species of freshwater fish. In addition to this, there are butterflies, dragonflies, reptiles, snails, amphibians and 29 species of mammals.  They make it a heaven for nature lovers.

When you visit any of these Eco tourism locations, you will enjoy seeing fauna and flora undisturbed by human activity. No development work is happening around and no vehicles emit poisonous fumes and noise that will disturb animal and plant life. There are beautiful natural footpaths for you to walk. Visiting these places is an enjoyable experience for both children and adults.