Kanneliya Rainforest in Sri Lanka

Kanneliya is one of the last remaining large tracts of lowland rainforest in Sri Lanka. Its importance is on par with Sinharaja, with similar fauna and flora. It is a mix of logged secondary and virgin forest.


Getting There

Wild Life

Wildlife Oddly lowland endemic birds such as Ceylon Rufous Babbler are missing, although other scarce endemic species such as the Serendib Scops Owl are present. Mammals likely to be seen are Grizzled Indian and Layard’s Striped Squirrel. The southern race of the endemic Purple-faced Leaf Monkey can also be seen. Endemic lizards seen include the Rough-nosed Horned and Hump-nosed Lizard. Butterflies include Tree Nymphs and Commanders. The Gal Karandha (Humboldtia laurifolia) is common. It has hollow stems in which ants live, an example of a symbiotic relationship.

Park Accomodations

Hiniduma has a very basic Rest House and the simple and small Holiday Inn. Galle, between one and a half to two hours drive, has a wide choice of accommodation.

Source: Sri Lanka National Parks & Reserves by Gehan de Silva Wijeyeratne,  published by Jetwing Eco Holidays.