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Sinharaja, Minneriya & Wilpattu

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A paradise for wildlife and nature lovers

Sri Lanka is justly proud of its natural bounty and the country has a long and illustrious history for nature conservation, with many of today’s 22 national parks and reserves dating back to colonial times and earlier. Almost all harbour a rich selection of wildlife and birds, and several are also outstandingly scenic.

Why visit?

  • Rich assortment of wildlife
  • Incredible rainforest
  • Elephant Gathering at Minneriya
  • Naturally beautiful scenery
  • Chance to see leopards at Wilpattu
  • Jeep safaris
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Rainforest Eco Lodge

Rainforest Eco Lodge


This eco retreat borders the southwestern fringe of Sinharaja forest reserve on a plot of land previously used to cultivate tea and has been designed to preserve and provide a sensational experience of the forest habitat.

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The facts:

Getting there: Sinharaja Rainforest is approximately 5 hours drive from Colombo, 4 hours 30 minutes from Yala or 2 hours from Uda Walawe National Park. Minneriya is approximately 2 hours drive from Chilaw and 5 hours drive from Colombo. Wilpattu is about 2 hours drive from Chilaw; 2 hours 30 minutes drive from Kandy or around 3 hours 30 minutes drive from Colombo.

Best time to travel: Sinharaja is affected by the southwest monsoon with heavy rainfall during May to July and the northeast monsoon between November and January. Whilst rain can still be expected at other times, it does tend to be drier. Although Minneriya is a great place to spot elephants year round, May to October is the best time to visit when water sources become scarce and elephants migrate here, with the ‘Gathering’ usually between August-September. The ideal time to visit Wilpattu is generally between the months of February and October, however the park is open year round.