Kanneliya Forest Reserve has been designated as a Forest reserve since 1934. Later it was declared as a National Man and Biosphere Reserve and subsequently in 2004 as an International Man and Biosphere Reserve. The vegetation in ICON is categorized as a lowland wet evergreen forest. The KDN is considered as one of the floristically richest areas in South Asia. It shows a high amount of endemicity in plants and animals and contributes largely to the biodiversity of the country. There are 144 plant species identified in Kanneliya of which 52% is endemic. A total of around 220 faunal species including mammals, birds, butterflies, fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals, with 41 endemics have been recorded from the KDN forest complex and adjacent forests.
The KDN forest complex provides an ideal place to observe wet zone forest birds within a range of diverse habitats such as heavily forested areas, riverine forests, disturbed areas and peripheral village home gardens. Multi - colored foraging mixed species bird flocks are an attractive sight commonly found in these forests.
Interesting places hidden among this deep and dark wonderland.
- Old Logging Trail
- Bat Cave
- Millagaha Dola
- Anagimal Waterfall
- Narangas Waterfall
- Natural Pools
- Kabbale Peak
This multi cascade waterfall is more lively in the months of May - June period. Folklore says this fall is named after a young village damsel called Anagi who committed suicide by plunging into this waterfall
NARAN AS - EL LA FALL
This fall cascades spectacularly and turns to enter a tunnel. Randothalu trees blooming in red can be seen in the vicinity.
WHILE STROLLING ALONG THE NATURE TRIALS ENJOYING THE SERENE UNDISTURBED VIEWS TOWARDS THE DEEP OF FOREST MORE OBSERVANT VISITORS WILL BE ABLE TO STUDY SPECIMENS OF FLORA UNIQUE TO OUR RAIN FORESTS AND WATERWAYS.
AFTER AN EXHAUSTING EXPEDITION YOU CAN TAKE A REFRESHING BATH IN A NATURAL POOL WITH CRYSTAL CLEAR WATER.
1. Hiking: There are two main trails that takes you deep in to the forest. Kabbale mountain trail takes you up to a summit point from where you can enjoy the panoramic view of the surrounding. Trail to Narangas Ella goes deep in to the forest passing several points of interest such as the Giant Navada tree.
2. Natural Bath: Streams flowing through Kanneiya offers many opportunities to take a dip in clean, cool waters. Popular natural pools include the pool in front of theKanneliya conservation center, the pool behind the conservation center and a natural pool behind the Kanneliya Forest resort.