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Kanneliya Forest Reserve is a hidden gem nestled in the heart of the Galle District in Sri Lanka’s Southern Province. Spanning an impressive 6144 hectares, this tropical rainforest is a testament to the beauty and richness of nature. It’s home to a staggering 301 species of plants, including shrubs and herbs, with a remarkable 25% of them being exclusive to Sri Lanka. However, Kanneliya is not just a botanical treasure; it’s a vibrant habitat teeming with a diverse range of wildlife, including rare and endangered species. Explore Kanneliya, where nature’s wonders thrive in abundance.

Meet Your Wildlife Tracker with Baysurfmonkey at Kanneliya Forest 2023
Meet Your Wildlife Tracker with Baysurfmonkey at Kanneliya Forest 2023

Kanneliya Forest Reserve: A Natural Wonder

Kanneliya Forest Reserve, also known as Kanneliya-Dediyagala-Nakiyadeniya, is a UNESCO-declared Biosphere Reserve, receiving international recognition for its ecological worth. When you think about Kanneliya, vivid imagery of lush forest, glistening streams, and tranquil animals immediately to mind.

Discovering the Flora

Kanneliya shows a tremendous range of plant life. Among the 301 types of flora found here, towering trees and delicate ferns dwell harmoniously. What makes Kanneliya unusual is that a quarter of these plant species are found nowhere else within the borders of Sri Lanka. This makes it a bonanza for botanists and environmental enthusiasts alike.

As you venture deeper into the forest, you’ll see spectacular giants such as the “Hora” trees, technically known as Dipterocarpus zeylanicus. These ancient trees, some of which have stayed tall for almost a century, create a beautiful green cathedral beneath their canopies.

For persons who are interested in and enthusiastic about nature, Kanneliya offers a unique opportunity to immerse themselves in its vast floral diversity. From vibrant orchids to the calming benefits of ancient medicinal herbs, there’s a world of botanical discoveries waiting to be made.

Wildlife Encounters in Kanneliya

Meet Your Wildlife Tracker with Baysurfmonkey at Kanneliya Forest 2023
Meet Your Wildlife Tracker with Baysurfmonkey at Kanneliya Forest 2023

Beyond its captivating flora, Kanneliya is renowned for its remarkable array of wildlife. It’s a place where the elusive and the majestic coexist, making each wildlife encounter an adventure in itself. With a bit of luck and the guidance of an experienced naturalist, you may spot some of the most remarkable creatures that call Kanneliya home.

Birdwatching fans are in for a treat. Kanneliya is a refuge for avian variety, harboring various unique and migratory bird species. The melodic vocals of the Sri Lankan blue magpie or the brilliant plumage of the Sri Lanka spurfowl will leave you in wonder.

For reptile fans, Kanneliya doesn’t disappoint. From gentle snakes to colorful chameleons, you’ll get the opportunity to see the clandestine lives of these unique species.

Mammal aficionados may be fortunate enough to glimpse the secretive fishing cat or the shaggy-coated purple-faced langur as they glide softly through the forest. If chance is on your favor, you could even get a glimpse of the leopard, the apex predator of these woodlands.

Embark on an Adventure with Baysurfmonkey

To properly experience the enchantment of Kanneliya, it’s suggested to explore it with a seasoned guide like Baysurfmonkey. Baysurfmonkey is not only a guide; he’s a devoted naturalist who has spent his life within the heart of Kanneliya. His intimate connection with the nature is clear in the way he guides you along the hidden routes and offers his thoughts.

As you begin on an expedition with Baysurfmonkey, you’ll learn the skill of animal tracking. You’ll uncover the signals and noises of the forest and develop a greater knowledge of the wildlife’s behavior. It’s an educational experience that links you with nature on a fundamental level.

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Conservation and Ethical Wildlife Tracking

Kanneliya’s ecological significance goes beyond its sheer beauty. Responsible tourism is crucial to preserving this delicate ecosystem. Baysurfmonkey, along with other conservationists, places a strong emphasis on ethical and sustainable wildlife tracking. By respecting nature’s boundaries and minimizing your impact, you contribute to the long-term preservation of Kanneliya.

Planning Your Wildlife Adventure in 2023

Meet Your Wildlife Tracker with Baysurfmonkey at Kanneliya Forest 2023
Meet Your Wildlife Tracker with Baysurfmonkey at Kanneliya Forest 2023

To start your adventure into the heart of Kanneliya Forest Reserve, book your tour with Baysurfmonkey now. Learn about the steps you need to take to guarantee a safe and pleasurable experience. Discover what makes this place a genuine jewel for nature enthusiasts.

In 2023, make Kanneliya your destination for a wilderness journey like no other. With Baysurfmonkey as your guide, you’re not simply exploring a forest; you’re going on an incredible adventure into the heart of nature. Experience the glories of Kanneliya, where nature’s marvels live in plenty.

What is the significance of the Kanneliya Forest Reserve?

Kanneliya Forest Reserve is a UNESCO-declared Biosphere Reserve internationally recognized for its ecological value, featuring lush forests, glistening streams, and diverse wildlife.

How many plant species does Kanneliya have, and what makes it unique?

Kanneliya boasts 301 plant species, with 25% exclusive to Sri Lanka. Notably, it houses towering Dipterocarpus trees known as “Hora” and offers a unique botanical haven.

What wildlife can be encountered in Kanneliya, and why is it a haven for birdwatchers?

Kanneliya is home to diverse wildlife, including unique birds like the Sri Lankan blue magpie and Sri Lankan spurfowl. It offers a chance to spot reptiles, mammals like the fishing cat and purple-faced langur, and possibly the elusive leopard.

Who is Baysurfmonkey, and why is he recommended for exploring Kanneliya?

Baysurfmonkey is a seasoned guide and devoted naturalist with an intimate connection to Kanneliya. He provides an educational experience, teaching animal tracking and offering insights into the forest’s hidden routes.

How does Kanneliya emphasize conservation, and what role does responsible tourism play?

Kanneliya emphasizes ethical and sustainable wildlife tracking for conservation. Responsible tourism, respecting nature’s boundaries, and minimizing impact are crucial for preserving the delicate ecosystem of Kanneliya.

Wildlife Tracker Experience at Kanneliya

A Story That Lives On Your day in the Kanneliya Rainforest with Baysurfmonkey was more than just an experience; it was a story that became part of your life. The beauty, the sounds, and the feelings of the rainforest, as well as the knowledge and guidance of your wildlife tracker, will stay with you forever.

A Collection of Stories When you think back to your day in Kanneliya, you’ll realize that you have a wealth of stories to tell to your loved ones. Whether you’re sitting by a fire or at a table, you’ll share your adventure, and your story will enchant those who hear it.

A Lasting Connection The bond you formed with the rainforest and your wildlife tracker is not limited by time or space. Kanneliya and its creatures will always be part of your story. It’s a connection that links you with other explorers who have witnessed the wonder of this rainforest.

Trip Highlights

  • A Gateway to Kanneliya Natural Splendor
  • Your Expert Guide
  • A Stroll Through Nature's Grandeur
  • Capturing the Essence
  • Unveiling Nature's Mysteries
  • Immersed in Biodiversity
  • A Symphony of Life
  • A Dynamic Landscape
  • Picturing Wildlife Encounters
  • Birds in Concert
  • The Enigmatic Reptiles
  • Mammals in the Shadows
  • An Immersive Experience


What’s included

This is All-inclusive luxury package

  • This is an all-inclusive package with no hidden costs.
  • We’ve got your convenience covered with complimentary hotel pickup and drop-off.
  • Private Air-conditioned vehicle car,van or took private transportation with the English-Speaking Driver
  • services of a professional English-speaking trekking guide
  • Bottled water
  • All government fees, taxes, and handling charges
  • Entry/Admission: Kanneliya Forest Reserve
  • Entry/Admission: Kanneliya Rain Forest Reserve
  • Entry fees for Kanneliya Rain Forest
  • King Coconut
  • Sri lankan lunch

What’s not included

  • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase) 
  • Gratuities.
  • Anything not mentioned in the inclusions

Get a question?

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below


What to expect

Embark on an extraordinary journey with BaySurfMonkey as we take you on a captivating exploration of the enchanting Kanneliya Rain Forest. Our family member will warmly welcome you at 07:00 AM and ensure your comfortable ride to this natural wonder.
7:30 AM – Into the Heart of Kanneliya
Upon arrival at Kanneliya, our experienced trekking guide will introduce you to the wonders that await. The Kanneliya forest complex is a treasure trove of biodiversity, boasting a remarkable 17% of lowland endemic floral species, and a staggering 52% of the area’s woody plants are endemic. As you venture deeper into this lush rainforest, you’ll be immersed in the beauty of Sri Lanka’s lowland rainforests.
Discovering Fauna in Their Natural Habitat
Kanneliya is not just about plants; it’s a thriving ecosystem home to 220 unique fauna species, including 41 endemics. Witness the rich tapestry of life that includes 86 mammal species, ranging from shrews to primates, and marvel at the diversity of birdlife, with 20 of Sri Lanka’s endemic birds gracing this forest.
1:30 pM – A Memorable Trekking Experience
After an awe-inspiring trek through the heart of Kanneliya, you’ll have created memories that will last a lifetime. Our team will ensure your safety and comfort throughout the journey, making it an experience you’ll cherish.
2:00 PM – Return to Your Haven
As your rainforest adventure comes to a close, we’ll transport you back to your hotel at noon. The memories of your time in Kanneliya will forever be etched in your heart, and you’ll leave with a deeper appreciation for the natural world.
Duration: 6 Hours
Pass By: Galle, Galle, Galle District, Southern Province
Exploring More of Sri Lanka
While our Kanneliya Rain Forest adventure is a highlight, Sri Lanka has so much more to offer. As you journey with us, explore the picturesque surroundings of Galle, a charming city with a rich history, and Matara, a coastal gem. We provide pick-up and drop-off services from the hotels located in these regions, ensuring a seamless and convenient travel experience.
At BaySurfMonkey, we believe that every moment in nature is a treasure. Join us on this exceptional adventure, and let the magic of Kanneliya.


Imagine this: you, as a solo traveler, embark on a personalized adventure just for you. Our team will curate an itinerary that matches your interests and desires, making your journey not just about the destination but about your personal exploration.

Departure and return

Departure details

With Solo Tour Guides, you’re not alone; you have your very own private, friendly tour guide, ideal for single men and women of all ages. It’s not just a tour; it’s companionship that enhances your travel experience.

Traveler pickup is offered. Kanneliya Safari Day Trip is organized by Baysurfmonkey (BSM) for the tourists who stay in Hiriketiya, Dickewella, Thalalla, Gandara, Dondra, Matara, Polhena, Madhiha, Kamburugamuawa, Thalaramba, Mirissa,Weligama, Midigama, Ahangama, Koggala, Habaraduwa, Thalpe, Unawatuna Galle areas and free pick-up & drop-off are included from these areas.
Hiriketiya, Sri LankaPick up and drop off from any hotels in Hiriketiya,
Dickewellaand nearby areas.Pick up and drop off from any hotels in Dickewella and nearby areas.
Thalalla, Sri LankaPick up and drop off from any hotels in Thalalla and nearby areas.
Gandara, Sri LankaPick up and drop off from any hotels in Gandara, Gandara and nearby areas.
Matara, Sri LankaPick up and drop off from any hotels in Matara, Matara and nearby areas.
Polhena, Sri LankaPick up and drop off from any hotels in Polhena and nearby areas.
Madhiha, Sri LankaPick up and drop off from any hotels in Madhiha and nearby areas.
Kamburugamuawa, Sri LankaPick up and drop off from any hotels in Kamburugamuawa and nearby areas.
Thalaramba, Sri LankaPick up and drop off from any hotels in Thalaramba and nearby areas.
Mirissa, Sri LankaPick up and drop off from any hotels in Mirissa and nearby areas.
Weligama, Sri LankaPick up and drop off from any hotels in Weligama and nearby areas.
Midigama, Sri LankaPick up and drop off from any hotels in Midigama and nearby areas.
Ahangama,, Sri LankaPick up and drop off from any hotels in Ahangama, and nearby areas.
Koggala, Sri LankaPick up and drop off from any hotels in Koggala and nearby areas.
Habaraduwa, Sri LankaPick up and drop off from any hotels in Habaraduwa and nearby areas.
Thalpe, Sri LankaPick up and drop off from any hotels in Thalpe and nearby areas.
Unawatuna, Sri LankaPick up and drop off from any hotels in Unawatuna and nearby areas.
Galle, Sri LankaPick up and drop off from any hotels in Galle and nearby areas.


  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Near public transportation
  • Not wheelchair accessible

Additional information

Please contact us to arrange your tour for individual persons

  • A confirmation will be received at time of booking Please be ready at the hotel lobby 15 minutes before the pick-up time.
  • This is a private tour
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour or activity.
  • Only your group will participate It is recommended to wear comfortable shoes for nature trekking.
  • You have to expect leaches throughout the trek.
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund Most travelers can participate.

Whether you’re a solo traveler seeking a travel companion or a tailor-made adventure, our agency has the expertise to create a journey that’s uniquely yours. Your solo adventure is our specialty, and we’re here to make it extraordinary.


How Much Time Should I Allocate for a Day Trip to Kanneliya Rain Forest from Down South Sri Lanka?

On average, you can expect this immersive experience to take approximately 4–5 hours. This time frame allows you to fully enjoy the wonders of Kanneliya Rain Forest, from trekking through its lush trails to bird-watching in its pristine environment. Prepare to be captivated by the beauty of nature with BaySurfMonkey as your guide.

Are there any age or fitness restrictions for the tours?

Most tours cater to various fitness levels, but some may have age or fitness requirements. It’s essential to check with your tour operator in advance.

What is the Cost of Trekking and Bird Watching in Kanneliya Rain Forest from Matara,Mirissa, Weligama, Ahangama and Unawatuna??

The price for our trekking and bird-watching adventure in Kanneliya Rain Forest starts at €85.00. For detailed pricing and booking, visit our website at

Which Company Offers Day Trips to Kanneliya Rain Forest from galle matara tourist aria?

BaySurfMonkey Tours proudly provides Day Trips to Kanneliya Rain Forest from down south. Our experienced team ensures a memorable and enriching experience. Read reviews, explore additional experiences, or get in touch with us for more information. Discover and book your Day Trip to Kanneliya Rain Forest on baysurfmonkey.

Are there any medical facilities nearby in case of emergencies?

The nearest medical facilities are in Galle, so it’s crucial to have basic first aid supplies and medications with you during your visit. Prepare for an adventure of a lifetime in Kanneliya Rain Forest, where the wonders of nature await your exploration.

Can I camp in Kanneliya Rain Forest?

Camping within the reserve is generally not allowed. However, some eco-lodges offer comfortable accommodations close to the rainforest.

have questions?

“Even if you’re a solo explorer, we’ve got your back!” At our travel agency, we believe that every traveler, whether single or in a group, deserves an unforgettable journey. That’s why we specialize in crafting unique, individual tours for solo adventurers.

If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below +94776311661

Cancellation Policy?

To receive a full refund, kindly cancel your booking at least 24 hours before the scheduled start time of the experience. For more information, please contact us through baysurfmonkey.

You can send your enquiry via the form below.

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From €85 €59
/ Adult
From €62 €43
/ Child
From €123 €98
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