Sri Lanka is home to many natural treasures. Among them, Kanneliya is regarded as the home to one of the most diverse biodiversity systems in the world. The biodiversity here is regarded as richer than that found in the Sinharaja rainforest which is a world heritage site. A tropical lowland forest located in Galle district, most of the forest is recovering from the logging activities that had once taken place. Galle is no strange place for tourists; hence you can find a large number of hotels in Galle. If you plan to explore the Kanneliya forest it is advisable to stay in Galle as it is not too far from here. Most Sri Lankan hotels are known for their hospitality and the hotel staff will be more than happy to help you organise a tour to the forest. According to past guest experience, Tamarind Hill Galle does offer such services.
The Gin Ganga feeds most of the Kanneliya reserve; there are several other waterways streams and waterfalls that feed the forest. The Kanneliya forest is declared as a Man and Biosphere reserve in 2004 by UNESCO. The reserve is home to well over 300 plant species and 220 faunal species including 59 birds, 14 amphibians, 32 butterflies, 7 snakes, 10 mammals, 7 fish and 4 reptiles. There are two main trails within the forest to follow, one being the Narangas Ella falls and the other being Anagimala Ella waterfalls. The trails were formerly used logging trails. It is required by law to use a guide when entering the forest reserve. Most people set off on trails planning on spending the whole day here. It is best to organise refreshments with your trail organisers. However, one thing to keep in mind is to not engage in any activity that would damage or cause hindrance to this natural treasure.
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