Kanneliya Forest Reserve
2013-08-29 03:43:54
Kanneliya Forest Reserve
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About Sri Lanka
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Official name:
Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka.
Government:
Democratic Socialist Republic since 1978.
Currency (code):
Sri Lankan rupee (LKR)
Independence:
4 February 1948
Capital:
Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte (official).
Location : Kanneliya

District : Galle

Province : Southern

Distance from Colombo : 125 Km (2 hrs)

Distance from Airport : 155 Km (2hrs & 45 Mins)

Contact Details : Forest Department (0094)(0)11 2866631 / Kanneliya - (0094)(0)91 5630579

Route : Colombo -> Galle[116km on A2] -> Udugama [32km on B129] -> Panangala [6km on B156] -> Koralegama -> Kanneliya Conservation Centre [2km](approximately 156km)

Colombo -> Kalutara (Katukurunda) [45km on A2] -> Nagoda [3km on B008] -> Mathugama [5km on B308 & 11km on B8] -> Horawala [5km on B3] -> Moragala [7km] -> Palewatta [8km on B3] -> Pitigala [10km on B3] -> Udugama [24km via Mapalagama] -> Panangala [6km on B156] ->Koralegama -> Kanneliya Conservation Centre [2km](approximately 125km)

Matara --> Akuressa --> Thawalama Rd (Kanneliya)


Category : Birds / Camping / Nature / Water Falls / Wild Life /

Description:
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
  • Rivulets

ANAGl-MALA-ELLA FALL

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.



Accomodation :
The best option would be to stay at the forest department dormitory right at the entrance to the forest. also there are few private eco-lodges close to Kanneliya. Because of its proximity to Galle, you can stay in Galle and drive to Kanneliya. It takes less than an hour form Galle to reach there.

Price Guide :
LKR 2600/= Six Person per One Night.

Nearby Locations - Suggestions for Ongoing Itineraries :
Hikkaduwa, Galle Fort, Sinharaja Rain Forest

Activities :
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.



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Electricity:
230 volts AC, 50Hz. Round three-pin plugs are usual, with bayonet lamp fittings.
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Location:
Latitude 5° 55. to 9° 50. north, longitude 79° 42. to 81° 52., 650km north of the equator
Dimensions:
430km north to south, 225km east to west
Coastline:
1,340km
Area:
65,525 sq.km
Terrain:
Mostly low, flat to rolling plain; mountains in south-central interior
Languages:
Sinhala (official and national language) 74%, Tamil 18%, other 8% Note: English is spoken competently by about 10% of the population