A forest hiking trail in Sri Lanka’s  Rainforest – Kanneliya Rainforest

3 Hours

Explore less visited Kanneliya Rainforest in the Southern part of the island with a well experienced naturalist 

Why should you book this Trip ?

  • Kanneliya is renowned for its incredible biodiversity, boasting a wide array of flora and fauna, including many endemic species. It's a paradise for nature lovers and photographers looking to capture the beauty of tropical rainforests.
  • The rainforest offers numerous trekking and hiking trails that cater to varying levels of expertise. Whether you're a seasoned hiker or a beginner, you'll find trails that suit your preferences. The lush greenery, diverse wildlife, and refreshing waterfalls along the way make for an unforgettable hiking experience.
  • Birdwatchers will be delighted by the abundance of bird species in Kanneliya. Keep your binoculars handy to spot colorful endemic birds like the Sri Lanka blue magpie, green-billed coucal, and the Sri Lanka spurfowl among many others.
  • The rainforest is dotted with picturesque waterfalls and streams, offering opportunities for swimming, relaxation, and photography. The cool, crystal-clear waters are perfect for a refreshing dip after a long hike through the forest.
  • Kanneliya Rainforest Reserve provides an excellent opportunity for visitors to learn about tropical ecosystems and conservation efforts.
  • An experienced naturalist ith in-depth knowledge on the Kanneliya Rainforest & its bio-diversity, will accompany you.
  • By visiting Kanneliya Rainforest Reserve, you're contributing to its conservation efforts. Your entrance fees and support help fund initiatives aimed at protecting and preserving this vital ecosystem.

A visit to Kanneliya Rainforest Reserve promises a memorable and enriching experience, allowing you to immerse yourself in the beauty of nature while supporting conservation effortst

Your naturalist will meet you at the entrance gate to the rainforest and after a briefing on the tour and safety precautions, we will walk through the forest adimiring the nature 

The area is covered by a naturally high forest ecosystem consisting of several subtypes, namely lowland tropical forest, wet semi-evergreen forest, submontane tropical wet semi-evergreen forest and montane tropical wet-evergreen forest.

This complex ecosystem has been identified as one of the most floristically rich in south-east Asia and attracts many nature lovers who come to explore this unique UNESCO-certified Biosphere Reserve. 

Kanneliya Rainforest has two waterfalls - Anagi Mala Ella and Narangas Ella – that are fed from the crystal clear water of the Nannikitha Spring that starts its journey in the Kanneliya Forest Reserve. A refreshing swim in one of these beautiful waterfalls completely enveloped by the sights and sounds of nature is a further highlight of a visit to this fantastic biosphere reserve.

Kanneliya also has a total of over 220 known species of fauna; including 86 species of mammals, 36 species of snakes, and several species of fish. Amongst the bird species here; 26 birds are endemic with 20 of them only seen within the KDN forest complex. Some of these are the Sri Lankan spurfowl, Sri Lankan jungle fowl, Sri Lankan grey hornbill, red-faced Malkoha, orange-billed babbler and the Sri Lankan blue magpie. The Green-billed Coucal, Sri Lankan blue magpie, ashy-headed laughing thrush and the white-faced starling are bird species that are also listed as endangered. Twenty percent of Sri Lanka’s endemic freshwater fishes inhabit the waters of Gin River and Nilwala River; while 17 endemic snakes are amongst the Kanneliya Rainforest’s herpetofauna. A total of 23 species of lizards were recorded within the KDN forest reserve.

The other two attractions are deeper within the forest, reached by walking over slippery trails and rope bridges. One of these is Narangas Ella, a charming little waterfall that drops down a vertical rock shelf to fall onto a number of flat ledges. It makes for a very beautiful sight. The other attraction is the giant Nevada tree located at a short detour on the same trail. There is an observation platform built halfway up the trunk so that visitors can see the wonders of Kanneliya.

Includes & Excludes

Our Services Include

  • Services of a well experienced naturalist for the trail.
  • Entrance Fee to the Kanneliya Rainforest
  • Water & Refreshments during the trail
  • Fee for the Goverment Tracker
  • All applicable government taxes

Our Services do not Include

  • Any transportation to and from the meeting point
  • Any additional beverages or food
  • Any tips for staff
  • Any personal effects not mentioned in this description
  • Optional activity costs
  • Any others expenses not mentioned ‘Included in the Package’ section
Overall Trip Rating:
- Based on 1 travel review
Very Good
  1. Great Experience
    By Muthaffar Zarour
    from United Arab Emirates
    April 8, 2024
    It was nice and people are nice. Our guide showed us a lot of birds and snakes. We enjoyed our trekking trail in Kanneliya Rainforest.
    Date of Experience: April 08, 2024

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A forest hiking trail in Sri Lanka’s  Rainforest – Kanneliya Rainforest
From $50
/ Adult - Single Person(SOLO)
From $30
/ Adult - 2 Persons
From $23
/ Adult - 3 Persons
From $20
/ Adult - 4 Persons
From $18
/ Adult - 5 or More people
  • SLDT/2404/TRC11
  • Ideally 6.00AM
  • Kanneliya Forest Entrace Gate (Transfers could be arranged at a supplement)
  • 48 Hours
  • 3 to 4 Hours
  • Throughout the year


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