Sinharaja Forest Reserve , Sri Lanka , March 18

Sinharaja Forest Reserve , Sri Lanka , March 18 . 

One of the two UNESCO World Heritage ( Nature ) Sites in Sri Lanka , the Sinharaja forest reserve is the country’s last viable reserve of primary tropical rainforest . More than 60% of the trees are endemic and many of them are considered rare. There is much endemic wildlife, especially birds, the reserve is also home to over 50% of Sri Lanka’s endemic species of mammals and butterflies, as well as many kinds of insects, reptiles and rare amphibians.

We did a full day jungle trek from our lodge , Sinharaja Forest Edge ,in the less touristed southeastern part of the reserve. With the eagle eye of our young guide , we encoutered several species of lizards , including a few kangaroo lizards , hump-nosed lizards, doctor snails , purple faced langurs , giant shiny millipedes , giant squirrels , multi-coloured birds such as the malabar trogan , scarlet minivet , black naped blue monarch , yellow black capped bulbul , yellow browed bulbul ,  sri lanka myna bird , blue tailed beeeaters , brown breasted flycatcher , emerald pigeon , giant wood spider , daddy long legs spider , tanratulas , scorpions and pilamented mushrooms .

This pristine tropical rainforest , with its colourful endemic wildlife , holds a magical beautiful space for travellers who visit her , leaving us with a sense of awe and lasting remembrance of her .