Tour Name

RAINFOREST ESCAPES

Days

Half day Excursions

What can be seen - Over 80 species of birds, including the endemic Sri Lanka Spurfowl,Brown-capped Babbler, Spot-winged Thrush, Black-capped Bulbul, Grey Hornbill and Sri Lanka Hanging Parrot. Mammals, including Giant Squirrels, Palm Squirrels, Toque Monkeys, Purple-faced Leaf Monkey, Golden Palm Civets and Sambar. About 70 species of butterflies including the Blue Mormon, Common Sailor, Crimson Rose, Bluebottle and Blue Oakleaf. Many species of dragonflies.


What to wear / bring- Earth-coloured clothes, hats/caps, camera, binoculars, insect repellent, sun block.


Itinerary


You will be picked up from your beach hotel and proceed to Hiyare Rain Forest- Hiyare is a reservoir bordered by 243 hectares of secondary lowland rainforest. The reservoir was established in 1911 and covers 22 hectares. It is managed by the Galle Municipality. The Forest Department also has jurisdiction as the reservoir adjoins the Kottawa Kombala Forest Reserve. Even though this is a small patch of forest, because it was once a part of the Sinharaja-Kanneliya forest complex, it is home to a great many species – birds, butterflies, mammals, fish and plants - and a remarkable number of endemics.


A volunteer organisation called the Wildlife Conservation Society of Galle has established a unique biodiversity breeding centre for threatened species and an animal rescue programme for injured wildlife. They also maintain a plant nursery, and conduct regular conservation education programmes for students and laypeople.


On completion of this tour, you will be dropped at your hotel

Note: This half day excursion can be done only for the guests who are staying at the southern beach hotels from Kalutara to Mirissa. Guests who are staying at other beach destinations will take more than half a day.