The Rainforest Ecolodge - Sinharaja, Deniyaya
About The Rainforest Ecolodge - Sinharaja, Deniyaya
The Rainforest Ecolodge, Deniyaya has been designed to preserve and provide a sensational experience of the forest habitat in all its glory. The symbiotically blended forest environs to comfort and privacy tendering the best possible commune with nature. Environmentally-friendly alfresco room, observation deck, lounge and meeting room form key components within each unit. Guests can also enjoy the spellbinding view from any part of the lodge. The Rainforest Ecolodge thrives on a five hundred-acre division of the Enselwatte Tea Estate bordering the South-eastern side of the Sinharaja Rainforest, with forest reserve. The colourful, breathtaking opera of endangered 'local culture' can now play every day to the concert perch of the open viewing deck.
Location of The Rainforest Ecolodge - Sinharaja, Deniyaya
Matara city is a 1-hour drive away while Colombo city is a 2-hour, 40-minute drive from the Southern Expressway. It takes 3.5 hours to travel from Bandaranaike International Airport.
Accommodation at The Rainforest Ecolodge - Sinharaja, Deniyaya
Feel at home within 16 comfortable Chalets that are designed with recycled material and adorned with every amenity imaginable. The Chalets are situated among the tea patch and offer guests breathtaking views of the forest canopy and tea estate that provide for lasting memories. Experience the vibrant shades of nature all at once. The interior is ideally decorated with bamboo paneling while the floor and private deck done with rejected railway sleepers. Each chalet consists of a bedroom, a washroom, a living area and a private deck.
Facilities at The Rainforest Ecolodge - Sinharaja, Deniyaya
Boasting a balcony with mountain views, each bungalow includes a sofa, safe and tea/coffee making facilities. Private bathroom comes with a hot and cold shower and hairdryer.The Rainforest Ecolodge offers tours and provides safety deposit boxes at its 24-hour reception.Sri Lankan and International dishes are served at the ecolodge's restaurant, which also has a bar.
Sinharaja world heritage site spreads over wide elevation range (300m – 1100m). It is rich in bird life with an impressive 147 species recorded to date. It is also the only location where 21 out of 26 bird species endemic to Sri Lanka may be viewed. The Rainforest Ecolodge is ideally located at the 1025m elevation having both lowland and the highland species present in Sinharaja in its vicinity. A few endemic and other species thought to be confined to the hill zone i.e. the Sri Lanka White-eye (Zosterops ceylonensis), the Scaly Thrush (Zoothera dauma), the Wood Pigeon (Columba torrigtoni), the Dusky Blue Flycatcher (Muscicapa Sordid) and the Yellow-eared Bulbul (Pycnonotus penicillatus), have also been sighted at this area.
Nearly half of the mammalian species in Sri Lanka are present in the Sinharaja forest region. Sinharaja is one of the few refuges of two arboreal non-primate mammals – the Golden palm Civet (paradoxurus zeylonensis) and Small flying squirrel (Petinomys fuscocapillus). The endemic and threatened primate – The purple-faced leaf Monkey is also found in the Sinharaja forest. A small herd of elephants roaming around the Delwala, Walanakanda and Rakwana range occasionally frequent the north-eastern part of Sinharaja. These elephants form one of the two populations remaining in the wet zone. Direct and indirect observations on the herd roaming the above areas indicate a population of 3-4 animals, including a well-grown bull. Compared to the dry zone elephants, they are dark in colour and much stouter in appearance. A lucky visitor may get the chance of observing an elusive wild cat in Sinharaja, either the Leopard, Fishing Cat or the smaller Rusty-Spotted Cat.
As the Rainforest Ecolodge is situated in the high hills and is subject to low temperatures, mists and fog affect the activities of any animal that is ectothermic, like insects. They are active only when the temperatures rise and the mists thin. Insects that are active from early in the morning, from about 7 a.m. in the lowlands of Sri Lanka that have higher temperatures, will be seen at this area only when the sun comes out and warms the vegetation and the ground. This is especially true for butterflies and hemipterans as they usually start to fly only around mid-morning a typical day in highlands. Even when they have come out, if weather changes rapidly to colder, windy and misty condition, as it often is in the vicinity of the Rainforest Ecolodge, the insects disappear quickly from sight.