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Kanneliya Rain Forest: quietude among the green

It is a pity that the Kanneliya Rain Forest is not quite as popular as it should be. Located in Southern Sri Lanka, it is a spot that is bountifully blessed with all forms of flora and fauna. Wildlife experts emphasize that one must be generous with time when visiting this relatively unperturbed forest complex.Encounters with interesting plant and animal life are ensured, when you start getting rooted in the surroundings. Another spot that you will eventually feel rooted to is, Tamarind Hill Galle. This boutique Hotel in Galle exudes colonial charm, as it is a restyled manor house that was built over 250 years ago. Escape from a reverie of Ceylon to the warm arms of nature as the Kanneliya Rain Forest is less than an hour’s drive from the hotel.

Most popularly visited for the not-so-arduous hikes and the streams that are perfect for a refreshing bath, it is important to keep in mind the best seasons to visit the Kanneliya Rain Forest. If hiking is what you had in mind, March to April would be ideal. These months are somewhat drier and would lessen the chances of having to pluck out leeches that hike up your body. If you plan to plunge deep into fresh waters, visit Kanneliya rain forest between December and February. The streams are generally swelling with gleaming fresh water.

Hikers, you’ve got two options. You can opt to take the Kabbale mountain trail that takes you to the peak where you can snap some selfies with a gorgeous backdrop. You can also hike deeper into the forest by taking the trail to Naragas Ella which would enliven the explorer within you. You will also come across a fascinating sight which is the Giant Navada tree. Certainly, it is an enduring vintage masterpiece in the depths of the forest.

Experience a body tingling moment when you walk into the waters of the natural pool in front of the Kanneliya conservation center and also the natural beauty behind the Kanneliya Forest resort. The waters will rejuvenate you.

The Kanneliya is definitely a mesmeric natural beauty that you must visit on your trip to Southern Sri Lanka.

Uditha Dharmawardhane is a travel writer who writes under the pen name Roland Lefevre. He specializes in creating features on leisure as well as business travel destinations across the globe.

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