Sinharaja, which translates to Kingdom of the Lion, is one of the island’s most popular forest reserves, and unfortunately a rapidly diminishing one. Also a UNESCO World Heritage site, the forest itself spans across 19000 acres or thereabouts approximately, and has a plethora of wildlife experiences to offer even the most discerning wildlife enthusiast. The reserve itself consists of 21km East to West, and 7km from North to South. From Galle, it should take around 3 hours to reach the entrance to the forest, after which you can embark on one of two trails depending on your preferences: the Sinhagala Nature Trail and the Mulawella Nature Trail. This lowland rainforest is home to a vivid variety of flora and fauna, and most notably contains 8 of Sri Lanka’s 12 endemic species.