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The Rainforest Eco Lodge, Sinharaja Forest, Sri Lanka

Top 10 Species

1Sri Lanka Blue MagpieUrocissa ornataAll Year11-50km
2Sri Lanka Wood PigeonColumba torringtoniaeAll Year11-50km
3Tawny-bellied BabblerDumetia hyperythraAll Year2-10km
4Yellow-fronted BarbetMegalaima flavifronsAll Year2-10km
5Sri Lanka White-EyeZosterops ceylonensisAll Year2-10km
6Yellow-eared BulbulPycnonotus penicillatusAll Year11-50km
7Dark-fronted BabblerRhopocichla atricepsAll Year2-10km
8Sri Lanka Green Pit ViperTrimeresurus trigonocephalusAll Year2-10km
9Black-naped MonarchHypothymis azureaAll Year2-10km
10Black-capped BulbulPycnonotus melanicterusAll Year11-50km

The Rainforest EcoLodge

Sinharaja world heritage site spreads over wide elevation range (300m to 1100m). It is rich in bird life with an impressive 147 species recorded to date. It is also the only location where 21 out of 26 bird species endemic to Sri Lanka may be viewed. The Rainforest Ecolodge is ideally located at the 1025m elevation having both the lowland and the highland species present in Sinharaja in its vicinity. A few endemic and other species thought to be confined to the hill zone i.e. the Sri Lanka White-eye (Zosterops ceylonensis) , the Scaly Thrush (Zoothera dauma) , the Wood pigeon (Columba torrigtoni), the Dusky Blue Flycatcher (Muscicapa sordid) and the yellow-eared Bulbul (Pycnonotus penicillatus) , have also been sighted at this area.

The Rainforest Ecolodge is situated in the Sinharaja Division of the Enselwatte Estate in Deniyaya. This plot of previously cultivated tea land borders the south-western fringe of the Sinharaja forest reserve. Sinharaja rainforest is a UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site inscribed in 1988. The Sinharaja is also a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and a Biodiversity Hotspot as designated by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). All these titles highlight the importance of the forest reserve and hence the location of the Ecolodge in terms of its biodiversity as well as its fragility. In selecting this location, the importance of committing to the conservation of its surroundings and promoting the cause through its development and operations.

Feel at home within 16 comfortable Chalets that are designed with recycled material and adorned with every amenity imaginable. The Chalets are situated among the tea patch and offer guests breathtaking views of the forest canopy and tea estate that provide for lasting memories. Experience the vibrant shades of nature all at once.

The interior is ideally decorated with bamboo paneling while the floor and private deck done with rejected railway sleepers.

Each chalet consists of a bedroom, a washroom, a living area and a private deck.

Guests can experience the waves of mist that appear in a split second and last just as long. Raindrops hitting the earth with a happy thud followed by the sublime sound of streams that mysteriously come alive as if on some secret impulse.

The symphony of birds chirping in cross-rhythm to the throbbing of Toads and the hustle and bustle of Squirrels; relenting, responding, corroborating to the changing pattern of weather and finally the deep, quiet hush that the rainforest succumbs to. It’s a fitting introspection to dazzling biodiversity.

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