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Hi! We are backpackers. We have traveled all around Sri Lanka. It is really a nice island with wonderful people. We'd love to share our experiences with you so that you can get an amazing travel experience.

 

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Forests in Sri Lanka

      More than 25% of the land area of Sri Lanka is covered with forests. It includes tropical wet lowland evergreen forests, wet sub-montane forests, wet montane forests, tropical dry mixed evergreen forests in the dry lowlands, with riverine vegetation along river banks; tropical moist evergreen forest in the intermediate zone; thorny scrub in the arid areas; and mangrove swamps in the coastal areas, fringing the lagoons and at the river mouths.

       According to the U.N. FAO, 28.8% or about 1,860,000 ha of Sri Lanka was forested in 2010, according to FAO. Of this 9.0% ( 167,000 ) is classified as primary forest, the most biodiverse and carbon-dense form of forest. Sri Lanka had 185,000 ha of planted forest. A vast variety of biodiversity can be found in those forests. Specially Sinharaja rain forest which is a world heritage can be identified as a biodiversity hotspot in Sri Lanka.

    

Sinharaja Forest Reserve

Sinharaja is a tropical rain forest which is a world heritage. It is considered as the biodiversity hotspot in Sri Lanka

Kanneliya

Kanneliya-Dediyagala-Nakiyadeniya, or KDN, is a forest reserve in the Southern Province of Sri Lanka. Identified as one of the most floristically rich areas in South Asia

Knuckles Forest Reserve

Knuckles forest reserve lies in the center of the country. The forest is with a big aesthetic as well as scientific value.

Yala

Yala is a forest with a large variety of wildlife. It lies in the Southern part of the country.

Wildlife in Sri Lanka

           Sri Lanka’s wildlife is as varied as the island itself, ranging from elephants and leopards to marine life and a vast number of different birds, and Sri Lanka is now one of the best places in the world to see whales, including the mighty blue whale. With 12% of the country designated for wildlife protection, it is easy to get a taste of Sri Lankan wildlife: safari parks and sanctuaries, particularly in the southern and central zones, offer the easiest way to see animals in their natural habitat. Stay alert for a sighting of the endangered leopard; take your time as you watch the elephants feeding and washing in a tank or lagoon, or walk quietly along the beaches of the west and south coast near to marine turtles as they lay their eggs.

Birds

Marine Life

Mammals

Serpents

     In Sri Lanka, there are many places to enjoy all above mentioned items of wildlife.