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Kanneliya Forest Reserve

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English, Sinhalese, Tamil

Overview

Kanneliya Forest Reserve has been designated as a Forest reserve since 1934. Later it was declared as a National Man and Biosphere Reserve and subsequently in 2004 as an International Man and Biosphere Reserve. The vegetation in ICON is categorized as a lowland wet evergreen forest. The KDN is considered as one of the floristically richest areas in South Asia. It shows a high amount of endemicity in plants and animals and contributes largely to the biodiversity of the country. There are 144 plant species identified in Kanneliya of which 52% is endemic. A total of around 220 faunal species including mammals, birds, butterflies, fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals, with 41 endemics have been recorded from the KDN forest complex and adjacent forests.
The KDN forest complex provides an ideal place to observe wet zone forest birds within a range of diverse habitats such as heavily forested areas, riverine forests, disturbed areas and peripheral village home gardens. Multi – colored foraging mixed species bird flocks are an attractive sight commonly found in these forests.

Interesting places hidden among this deep and dark wonderland.

Old Logging Trail
Bat Cave
Millagaha Dola
Anagimal Waterfall
Narangas Waterfall
Natural Pools
Kabbale Peak
Rivulets

WHILE STROLLING ALONG THE NATURE TRIALS ENJOYING THE SERENE UNDISTURBED VIEWS TOWARDS THE DEEP OF FOREST MORE OBSERVANT VISITORS WILL BE ABLE TO STUDY SPECIMENS OF FLORA UNIQUE TO OUR RAIN FORESTS AND WATERWAYS.

AFTER AN EXHAUSTING EXPEDITION YOU CAN TAKE A REFRESHING BATH IN A NATURAL POOL WITH CRYSTAL CLEAR WATER.

 

(Photo credit:  Rushan Niroshana)

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • There are two main trails that takes you deep in to the forest.
  • Best destination for a one day trip in Sri Lanka to relax yourself
  • Streams flowing through Kanneiya offers many opportunities to take a dip in clean, cool waters.

What you will do

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ANAGl-MALA-ELLA FALL
ANAGl-MALA-ELLA FALL

This multi cascade waterfall is more lively in the months of May - June period. Folklore says this fall is named after a young village damsel called Anagi who committed suicide by plunging into this waterfall

NARAN-GAS-ELLA FALL
NARAN-GAS-ELLA FALL

This fall cascades spectacularly and turns to enter a tunnel. Randothalu trees blooming in red can be seen in the vicinity.

Natural Pool
Natural Pool

Streams flowing through Kanneiya offers many opportunities to take a dip in clean, cool waters. Popular natural pools include the pool in front of theKanneliya conservation center, the pool behind the conservation center and a natural pool behind the Kanneliya Forest resort.

Hiking
Hiking

There are two main trails that takes you deep in to the forest. Kabbale mountain trail takes you up to a summit point from where you can enjoy the panoramic view of the surrounding. Trail to Narangas Ella goes deep in to the forest passing several points of interest such as the Giant Navada tree.

Birds of Sri Lanka
Birds of Sri Lanka

Among the bird species here; 26 birds are endemic with 20 of them only seen within the kanneliya rainforest sri lanka.

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FAQs

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What is the accommodation guarantee?
The best option would be to stay at the forest department dormitory right at the entrance to the forest. also there are few private eco-lodges close to Kanneliya. Because of its proximity to Galle, you can stay in Galle and drive to Kanneliya. It takes less than an hour form Galle to reach there.
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How can i book accommodation?

you can reserve from forest department office or Online.

Forest Department (0094)(0)11 2866631 / Kanneliya - (0094)(0)91 5630579

Online reservation

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When is the best route from Colombo?
Colombo -> Galle[116km on A2] -> Udugama [32km on B129] -> Panangala [6km on B156] -> Koralegama -> Kanneliya Conservation Centre [2km](approximately 156km) Colombo -> Kalutara (Katukurunda) [45km on A2] -> Nagoda [3km on B008] -> Mathugama [5km on B308 & 11km on B8] -> Horawala [5km on B3] -> Moragala [7km] -> Palewatta [8km on B3] -> Pitigala [10km on B3] -> Udugama [24km via Mapalagama] -> Panangala [6km on B156] ->Koralegama -> Kanneliya Conservation Centre [2km](approximately 125km)

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District
Galle
Province
Southern
Distance from Colombo
125 Km

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