Sinharaja is renowned as a hotspot for bird life and is the last surviving stretch of virgin rainforest in Sri Lanka. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Sinharaja Forest Reserve is a treasure trove of endemic species, especially birds, while it provides shelter to endemic reptiles, butterflies, mammals and rare amphibians. The largest surviving tract of undisturbed lowland rainforest in Sri Lanka, Sinharaja is one of the island’s outstanding natural wonders and a bio diverse treasure box of global significance. A staggering 830 of Sri Lanka’s endemic species of flora and fauna are found here, including myriad birds, reptiles and insects whilst no less than 60% of the trees are endemic too. Home to one of the countries richest bird population, 21 of the countries 26 have been recorded here. The forest stretches for almost 30km across the wet zone at the southern edges of the hill country, enveloping a series of switchback hills and valleys ranging in altitude from just 300m up to 1170m. To the north and south the reserve is bounded by two sizeable rivers – the Kalu and Gin Ganga, which cut picturesque, water fall studded courses through the trees.