sinharaja rain forest sri lanka

Excuse my good sir, you’re blocking the view

A Common Green Forest Lizard has a request

“No, not the view of the forest, the view the females have of me! You don’t understand? Well it’s mating season, which is why I’m perched up here in the open, basking in the sun and showing off my beautiful red-hued head and throat sac. Oh you thought I looked like this all the time? No, no, at other times I’m just shades of green with white stripes… well except when a predator attacks, but that’s another story. Do  I look good? I had a light breakfast of insects so that I wouldn't look bloated. I’m so hungry right now, I can’t wait to go find a nice juicy frog to gulp down.”


Fun Facts

“You wouldn’t see me most of the time. I’m very good at camouflage. My green body blends in so well with the bushes, and I am such a champion at staying still, that you’d never know I was there even if you were inches away from me. Unfortunately that doesn’t work so well with the Bronzeback Tree Snake. They hunt by sensing body heat. Trust me, they’ve eaten so many of my kind. Generally, turning almost black with whites stripes across my body deters everyone else… but not these snakes. I’ve had to scramble super fast to get away from them!”


Story of the Photo

Common Green Forest Lizards are not seen as commonly as they used to be, due to the dwindling foliage in and around cities. However they are quite frequently found around all Eco Team campsites which are situated on the borders of National Parks. Dilum captured this beautiful shot right inside the Explorer by Eco Team campsite, in the Sinharaja forest.





Explorer by Mahoora

Private Tented Safari Camp Experience in Sinharaja Rain Forest

2 Nights /3 Days

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Sinharaja Forest Trek: North to South

Weddagala to Lankagama via Singhagala

Total Distance: 22 km  (With an option of reducing it to 18 km)  

Duration: Approx: 7 hours

Detailed Itinerary




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YalaYala National Park 
Highest leopard population of the world


UdawalaweUdawalawe National Park
An elephant sighting guranteed


WilpattuWilpattu National Park
Leopards and diverse wildlife




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WasgamuwaWasgamuwa National Park 
Sloth bears and elephants

GalOyaGal Oya National Park
Boat safaris and swimming elephants

Kumana National ParkKumana National Park
Beautiful aquatic birdlife

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Elephants, historical sites and indigenous communities

BundalaBundala National Park
Birdslife at its best

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Endemic birds, plants, animals

Knuckles Mountain rangeKnuckles Mountain Range
Walking safaris for wildlife and scenery

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Indigenous communities and wildlife 


B E S T   R A T E S   G U A R A N T E E D !


Much more than just a great place to stay

"Thanks to our guide Avinka we had five great safaris staying four nights just after reopening this February. The staff made us feel so very welcome during the entire stay.

The safaries are just wonderful, and having a great guide in your vehicle makes a big difference. Avinka can spot animals you would never see and we were even lucky enough to sight leopards on the trees, close to our vehicle, and also running through the field. The wildlife is so exciting that you will have a great experience even if you don‘t see any leopards. We also had a great driver, which is essential if you drive through difficult territory. You are being taken care of the entire time, so even for those who do safaris for the first time, you will always feel safe.

The camp itself is very comfortable, you get everything you can think of, and on top of the great food being served with so much attention and friendliness. You also get wonderful vegetarian and vegan options. They put on bonfires at night, which makes it unforgettable.
When booking and making plans, you get great support from the headquarters, even if it gets difficult since you have to change your plans.
The best thing what can happen to you at the end of a vacation is when you are a bit sad to leave the place, having experienced something to remember forever, and the team does everything for this to happen. Thank you so much"

Axel S wrote, Traveled with family
January 2021

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