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Area (sq km): 64,740
Population: 20,064,776
Nationality: Sri Lankan
Local Name: Sri Lanka
Language: Sinhala,
Tamil,
English
Time Zone: +5.5 GMT
Currency: 1 rupee = 100 cents
Rate: www.xe.com
Capital: Colombo
Dialling Code: +94
Electricity: 230V/50Hz
Internet Code: .lk
Religion: Buddhist,
Muslim,
Hindu
Climate: Tropical Monsoon,
Equatorial
Government: Republic
Inoculations: None
Driving: Left
Int'l License: Required
Banking: M-F 9.00-15.00
Major Airports: Colombo(CMB)

Eco-tourism and cheap accommodation Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka eco-tourism is vital to the preservation of flora and fauna of Sri Lanka. The best of Sri Lanka eco-tourism includes Knuckles Range, Muthurajawela Wetlanda and Sinharaja Forest Reserve. Book cheap accommodation in Sri Lanka today and enjoy all three.

Knuckles Mountains
Knuckles Mountains

Eco-tourism and Knuckles Range

The Knuckles Range in Sri Lanka near Kandy, is so named for the 5 peaks that look like knuckles on a tightened fist. The original name of the mountain range is "Dumbara." The mountains are a vast green forest that is absolutely worth exploring. Often covered in a shroud of mist, the mountains are home to some of Sri Lanka’s earliest villages, many remaining barely touched by modern civilisation.

Trekking in the Knuckles Range, while wet, is a fabulous exploration of the natural flora and fauna of the area. You will see massive ferns, delicate orchids, canopy trees and valley plains of grass. Search the VillasPeople.com database and find cheap accommodation in Sri Lanka in the heart of where you want to be.

Muthurajawela Sri Lanka

The wetland ecosystem of Muthurajawela Sri Lanka is located near Negombo and spans over 6,000 hectares. This massive wetlands area is best explored by boat. It is best to travel with an experienced guide who can communicate all of the natural wonders of this rare ecosystem. It is believed that Muthurajawela originated in 5,000 BC!

The extensive mangrove forests in Muthurajawela are spectacular and the amount of wildlife in the wetlands is astounding! There are millions of birds, monitor lizards, crocodiles, pythons, water cats, butterflies and one of the world’s most endangered species, the slender loris (a primate).

Sinharaja Forest Reserve

The Sinharaja Forest Reserve is a virgin rainforest in Sri Lanka. The forest, while not gigantic, is a most important ecosystem that exists only in Sri Lanka. The Sinharaja Forest Reserve is not only recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, but also as a Biosphere Reserve cementing its international importance.

So much of what exists within the boundaries is considered rare, from plant life to wildlife. The Sinharaja Forest Reserve is also home to more than 50% of Sri Lanka's species that only exist in Sri Lanka. The unique ecosystems are best explored when you stay in cheap accommodation in Sri Lanka with a comfortable bed awaiting your return.

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