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Kanneliya Forest

The spectacular Kanneliya lowland wet evergreen forest was designated a UNESCO Man and Biosphere reserve in 2004. It covers over 5,000 hectares and has a high biodiversity with many endemic species.

Over 300 plant species and 220 faunal species including 59 birds, 14 amphibians, 32 butterflies, 7 snakes, 10 mammals, 7 fish and 4 reptiles have so far been recorded.

It is a secondary forest, with the original biodiversity being reduced by logging operations carried out between1960-1980. However it is now being conserved by the Forest Department to protect and enhance its biodiversity.


There are two main forest trails to follow - the Narangas ella waterfall or Anagimala ella waterfalls - each originating from a branch of the Nannikitha ela, which feeds the Ginganga river at a lower elevation.

Both trails start at the same point along the old logging trail before diverging. The Narangas ella trail continues along the logging route before traversing through the jungle for another 1.5 km. The Anagimala ella trail follows a small footpath towards the waterfall for 300m.


This area has an average rainfall of about 4,445mm mainly during the South West monsoon (May to August). The mean monthly temperature is around 27°C.


Tour prices are all-inclusive and cover:

  • Hotel pick up and drop from Galle and Unawatuna
  • Experienced RRI English speaking guide
  • Park entry (700 LKR pp)
  • Local sinhala guide - required by law (500-1,000 LKR per group)
  • Refreshments and lunch (for full-day tours)

Get 10% discount when you book online!

We operate a tiered pricing structure so we can pass on savings to you where possible - the more people that come on the trip the lower the cost is per person.

Pickups from other places and individual tour prices available on request.

Normal price Online price Min. People
Rs 6,000 Rs 5,400 2
Rs 4,500 Rs 4,050 4
Rs 4,000 Rs 3,600 6
Under 14s half price when accompanied by 2 adults

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