THE RAIN­FORESTS OF GALLE:

Wanderlust Travel Magazine (UK) - - Sri Lanka -

HIYARE & KOTTAWA

BEST FOR: A blend of beach and rain­for­est for flora en­thu­si­asts.

DRIVE TIME FROM COLOMBO: One hour to Galle, plus an­other half hour to Hiyare or Kottawa.

WHAT’S NEARBY? The Dutch fort and port city of Galle, stud­ded with lux­ury vil­las, great cui­sine and colo­nial his­tory.

Hiyare and Kottawa are two rain­for­est sites less than 20km from the port city of Galle. Fur­ther away (one-and-a-half hours) is Kan­neliya, the largest re­main­ing tract of low­land rain­for­est in Sri Lanka.

All three make it pos­si­ble to com­bine a beach hol­i­day with a rain­for­est sa­fari to see some en­demic plants and an­i­mals, es­pe­cially the gi­ant dipte­ro­carp trees, which are some of the most im­por­tant tim­ber trees in Asia. ⊳

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