Experiencingthe Beauty of Nature in Galle

Galle is a great place to experience the rich and diverse flora and fauna that thrive in Sri Lanka. If you are a nature lover, here are some of the places you need to visit when you are in the city of Galle.

Rumassala Hill

Steeped in myth and legend which links it to the old Sanskrit tale of the Ramayana, the Rumassala Hill is believed to have dropped out of the sky, either from space or from neighbouring India. This theory of it being a foreign phenomenon is supported by the fact that much of the plants that grow on the hill are unique and cannot be found anywhere else in the surrounding vicinity. Whatever the true explanation might be, it is definitely a place you should visit if you enjoy hiking and engaging with nature. Rumassala is home to many endemic species of flora and fauna. Catch a glimpse of the endemic purple faced leaf monkeys, the critically endangered Ceylon banded awl butterfly, or the majestic white-bellied sea eagles while you hike up the hill. You will find the Japanese Peace Pagoda at the summit of the hill, where you can take a well-earned break before making your way back.

Kanneliya Rain Forest

Designated as a UNESCO biosphere reserve in 2004, the Kanneliya Rainforest is one of the few places in Galle where you can witness the endemic species of lowland Sri Lanka, while also having a fun trek through the jungle.

Kottawa Forest Reserve

This reserve may be small in size, but it is home to a large number of endemic plants and animals. A trek through the jungle will let you see around 180 tree types and about 70 species of birds.

Hiyare Reservoir Rainforest

The Hiyare Reservoir Rainforest is another great place to embark on a jungle trek. Enjoy the diverse bird and plant life, while you journey through the lowland forestry.