Discover Sri Lanka’s backcountry

Should you decide to leave the beautiful surfing coastline, there is a variety of eco, physical, and cultural activities inland available for you to enjoy during your stay.

One of the most popular activities in the region is trekking in the Sinharaja Forest Reserve located in south-west Sri Lanka. This forest reserve is the only remaining primary tropical rainforest in the country and is home to a wide variety of wildlife, including many of Sri Lanka’s endemic species of mammals, birds, butterflies, insects, reptiles, and rare amphibians.
For over 200 years, the trees and vines found in the forest have been used in traditional Ayurvedic medicine. As a biosphere reserve and a World Heritage site, it is a protected area that is well worth a visit. However, it is important to note that certain plants, snakes and insects in the reserve are poisonous, so it is highly recommended to have a guide for your safety.

Another popular destination is the Yala National Park in the southeast. This park covers an area of about a thousand square kilometres, making it the second-largest national park in Sri Lanka. The weather in the park is dry and semi-arid for much of the year, providing a completely different microclimate to the Sinharaja forest. Yala National Park is home to 400 of Sri Lanka’s wild elephants, water buffalo, leopards, spotted deer, langur, and toque monkeys. Visitors can easily organize a safari, making it an exciting adventure for those looking to experience the wildlife and natural beauty of Sri Lanka.

Visiting south Sri Lanka’s backcountry is an unforgettable experience, offering a wide range of natural and cultural activities that will appeal to a wide range of travellers.