At the mention of the Southern region of Sri Lanka, the first thing that comes to mind are the glorious sandy beaches. However one of the things that are regarded as the best-kept secret of Galle is the Hiyare Rainforest, lying 16 km away from the main town Galle. The rain forest area is around the Hiyare reservoir which was built over 100 years ago only depending on gravitational pressure. Unlike other attractions in the area such as the Galle Fort, Martin Wickramasinghe’s House, and the likes, this is less exposed. However, given the touristy nature of Galle finding Down South hotels in Sri Lanka will not be a difficult task.
Since 2001 the reservoirs water supply operation has come to a standstill as the water is considered unfit for consumption. However, since there has been a biodiversity center set up for endangered species as well as an Animal Rescue Program which serves to provide immediate medical care to injured wildlife. Visiting this area is great if you are looking for time away from the buzzing tourist activity. One of the hotels that offer easy access to this gem is South Lake Resorts.
There are also classes conducted for those interested in protecting the biodiversity and a tropical tree farm where reforestation efforts are carried out. The lowland rain forest is home to a high population of endemic species. There are various types of Dragon Flies, around 55 species. A staggering number , well over 150 species of freshwater fish, reptiles, amphibians, land snails and mammals have made the Hiyare Rainforest their home. Among this 60 species are endemic to the Hiyare rain forest which only spans 600 acres. It is also regarded as one of the rain forests where there is a high concentration of Endemic species in the world.
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