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In Partnership With Forest For The Future

Rainforest Tours in Sri Lanka – One Day Tree Planting & Rainforest Walking Tour

Book our exclusive rainforest day tour in South Sri Lanka for a trip that will leave life long memories. Start your day with a short 2 hours rainforest trek before you get hands on experience of what it’s like in the day and the life of a conservation activist as you take part in connecting the Kanneliya Rainforest Reserve with the Sinharaja World Heritage Forest Reserve.

Kannileya Rainforest Day Trip

South Sri Lanka Rainforest Day Tour & Tree Plantation Excursion Guided By Forest For The Future Naturalists

Kannileya Rainforest Day Trip

When people visit the South of Sri Lanka, they often overlook that it’s a biodiversity hotspot full of tropical forests that are millions of years old. Sri Lanka’s Rainforests and its wildlife are rarely visited by tourists and with numbers increasing, we’ve partnered with Forests For The Future to help launch Sri Lanka’s first official Tree Planting and Rainforest Trekking day tour.

Kannileya Rainforest Day Trip Itinerary

  • 6:30 – 7 am – Pick up Sea Heart House / Koggala / Galle area
  • 9 – 11 am – Breakfast & Tea Kanileya Rainforest Trip – 2 hours Rainforest trek guided by our naturalist.
  • 11 am – Local Village Visit – Here we’ll stop for lunch at a local Sri Lankan Village where you’ll have traditional home-cooked Sri Lankan rice and curry
  • 12 pm – Badeggama Forest For The Future Tree Planting
  • 2 pm – Arrive back in Galle area

Kannileya Rainforest Day Trip Cost

  • Rainforest Day Trip – $75USD | $110 AUD | £60 GBP per person (approx)
  • Rainforest Day Trip – 2-3 people – $65 USD | $95 AUD | £50 GBP per person (approx)
  • Rainforest Day Trip – 4-5 people – $55 per person | $80 AUD | £45 GBP per person  (approx)
  • important Note: For every person who comes on the tour we will donate 10 Trees to the project that you will have the opportunity to plant yourself. 

What to pack for your rainforest day tour

  • Trainers / Walking Boots
  • Long Socks (recommended)
  • Sunglasses
  • A hat that covers your face and neck
  • Top that covers your shoulders or bring a scarf/sarong to cover yourself
  • Insect repellent
  • Good Camera / Smart Phone To Take Photos / Videos
  • Water Bottle (refillable)
  • Snacks (We will provide a light breakfast and snacks but if you think you might want something particular, please bring your own)

About Forest For The Future Tree Planting Project

Sri Lanka is the most biologically diverse country in Asia, but studies estimate that its tropical forests, which harbour roughly 90% of the country’s endemic species, are disappearing at a rate of 1.6% annually. Although there are still many areas of non-native productive forest, extensive agricultural and silvicultural expansion over the past 150 years has left only an estimated 6% of the primary rainforest. These critical forest ecosystems are highly fragmented and under increasing threat.

It is not only the native environment that bares the costs of forest loss in Sri Lanka; valuable traditional forest products such as timbers and medicinal plants and ecological services such as watershed protection are also disappearing. Protecting Sri Lanka’s remaining primary rainforest is critical not only for biodiversity conservation but also for human livelihood security.

More work urgently needs to be done to ensure the long-term survival of Sri Lanka’s remaining rainforest and the endemic amphibians, reptiles, insects, plants, and small mammals that live in them. The isolation of animals that live in forest patches makes them particularly vulnerable to extinction. The extent of species disappearing due to habitat loss has not been accurately researched but it is believed to be vast – scientists have already documented the extinction of 21 endemic amphibians.

Since 2002, we have been working to restore and conserve the highly-threatened rainforest habitat between Sinharaja World Heritage Forest Reserve and Kanneliya Forest Reserve, which are critical biodiversity reservoirs. Our long-term Rainforest Corridor program aims to protect and increase habitats and conservation areas for vulnerable rainforest species.

By establishing biodiversity corridors, species will be able to move between habitat patches. These linkages help to stop extinction by creating more habitats, maintaining migratory pathways during times of environmental change, and encouraging breeding to help maintain viable populations.

Due to Sri Lanka’s high population density, much of the land surrounding the remaining rainforest patches is inhabited by people. Therefore we have chosen an approach that combines the conservation of forest patches with smallholder land-development and community programs.

Conservation & Forest Development Project components include:

Corridor mapping and planning

Running of rainforest plant nursery to produce organic seeds and raise native and endemic plants for restoration programs

Conservation of remnant forest patches Livelihood and agriculture biodiversity development through sustainable agriculture

Ecological restoration

Environmental education

Endangered species conservation

We have formed productive linkages with local farmers, schools, and government agencies. The effectiveness of these programs is already being realized.  We have received multiple requests from communities seeking to address various environmental problems and protect these important areas for future generations.

Completed Forest Conservation Works

Mapping of the corridor area

Rainforest school programs

Restoration and management of 18 acres of rainforest land in Hiniduma and Baddegama

Raising of endemic and endangered rainforest plants in our nursery for restoration works