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The Hiyare forest reserve, a lush 600-acre picture-postcard rainforest, located only 17 km from the city, is a veritable paradise for wildlife enthusiasts, with its pristine beauty and wealth of flora and fauna. Drive along a twisting road to Udugama from Galle, and you will stumble upon one of the best kept secrets of the South.
- A low country tropical rain forest, Hiyare has a large man-made lake within its boundaries.
- Endemic species recorded at the Hiyare rainforest include the Sri Lankan Green Pigeon, Ceylon Rose, Two-spotted Threadtail, Black Ruby Barb, Sri Lankan Green Pit Viper and the Sri Lanka Purple-faced Leaf Monkey.
- The Forest Department manages one part of the rainforest while another section- the reservoir catchment area is administered by the Wildlife Conservation Society under the aegis of the Municipal Council of Galle.
- To visit the rainforest for educational or research purposes, contact the Wildlife Conservation Society of Galle through the Municipal Council, Galle.
Hiyare’s amazing biodiversity
- 118 Bird species – 13 endemic
- 33 Freshwater fish species – 13 endemic
- 78 Butterfly species – 3 endemic
- 55 Dragonfly species -12 endemic
- 34 Reptile species -14 endemic
- 18 Amphibian species-13 endemic
- 28 Land snail species -13 endemic
- 29 Mammal species – 13 endemic
(Wildlife Conservation Society, Galle)
Source – Courtesy of: http://www.sundaytimes.lk