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Sinharaja Forest Reserve is a national park and a biodiversity hotspot in Sri Lanka. It is of international significance and has been designated a Biosphere Reserve and World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

The hilly virgin rainforest, part of the Sri Lanka lowland rain forests ecoregion, was saved from the worst of commercial logging by its inaccessibility, and was designated a World Biosphere Reserve in 1978 and a World Heritage Site in 1988. The reserve's name translates as Kingdom of the Lion.

The reserve is only 21 km (13 mi) from east to west, and a maximum of 7 km (4.3 mi) from north to south, but it is a treasure trove of endemic species, including trees, insects, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals.

Because of the dense vegetation, wildlife is not as easily seen as at dry-zone national parks such as Yala. There are about 3 elephants and the 15 or so leopards are rarely seen. The most common larger mammal is the endemic Purple-faced Langur.

An interesting phenomenon is that birds tend to move in mixed feeding flocks, invariably led by the fearless Greater Racket-tailed Drongo and the noisy Orange-billed Babbler. Of Sri Lanka's 26 endemic birds, the 20 rainforest species all occur here, including the elusive Red-faced Malkoha, Green-billed Coucal and Sri Lanka Blue Magpie.

Reptiles include the endemic Green pit viper and Hump-nosed vipers, and there are a large variety of amphibians, especially tree frogs. Invertebrates include the endemic Common Birdwing butterfly and the inevitable leeches.

(Wikipedia)

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Sinharaja national park was another delight of our Sri Lanka adventure - a dense tropical rainforest which we explored on foot. So many things to see there!

Tags:   Sri Lanka Sri Lanka national park nature reserve Sinharaja forest tropical forest tropical Reserve Sinharaja Forest Reserve Ceylon January winter vacation trip hike hiking walk walking explore exploration river stream log

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Sinharaja Forest Reserve is a national park and a biodiversity hotspot in Sri Lanka. It is of international significance and has been designated a Biosphere Reserve and World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

The hilly virgin rainforest, part of the Sri Lanka lowland rain forests ecoregion, was saved from the worst of commercial logging by its inaccessibility, and was designated a World Biosphere Reserve in 1978 and a World Heritage Site in 1988. The reserve's name translates as Kingdom of the Lion.

The reserve is only 21 km (13 mi) from east to west, and a maximum of 7 km (4.3 mi) from north to south, but it is a treasure trove of endemic species, including trees, insects, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals.

Because of the dense vegetation, wildlife is not as easily seen as at dry-zone national parks such as Yala. There are about 3 elephants and the 15 or so leopards are rarely seen. The most common larger mammal is the endemic Purple-faced Langur.

An interesting phenomenon is that birds tend to move in mixed feeding flocks, invariably led by the fearless Greater Racket-tailed Drongo and the noisy Orange-billed Babbler. Of Sri Lanka's 26 endemic birds, the 20 rainforest species all occur here, including the elusive Red-faced Malkoha, Green-billed Coucal and Sri Lanka Blue Magpie.

Reptiles include the endemic Green pit viper and Hump-nosed vipers, and there are a large variety of amphibians, especially tree frogs. Invertebrates include the endemic Common Birdwing butterfly and the inevitable leeches.

(Wikipedia)

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Sinharaja national park was another delight of our Sri Lanka adventure - a dense tropical rainforest which we explored on foot. So many things to see there!

Tags:   Sri Lanka Sri Lanka national park nature reserve Sinharaja forest tropical forest tropical Reserve Sinharaja Forest Reserve Ceylon January winter vacation trip hike hiking walk walking explore exploration animal green lizard Calotes calotes Calotes reptile Green Garden Lizard Garden

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Koh Tao - Turtle Island is an island in Thailand located near the western shore of the Gulf of Thailand. It covers an area of about 21 km². The economy of the island is almost exclusively centred around tourism, especially scuba diving. Ko Tao was named by its first settlers after the island's turtle-like geographic shape. Coincidentally, the island is an important breeding ground for Hawksbill turtles and Green turtles. Initially the island was uninhabited, there was only the occasional fisherman from the neighbouring islands, looking for shelter in a storm or just resting before continuing on his journey. Koh Nang Yuan is a small island really close to Koh Tao. It is actually three small islands connected by a sandbar. It boasts stunningly clear turqouise waters, plenty of colorful sealife to entertain snorkelers, and a vantage point that takes your breath away. The vista itself is quite extraordinary, but getting up to the viewpoint is half the fun. But once you’re at the peak? Totally worth it. Does it qualify as The most beautiful Island in Thailand?

Koh Nang Yuan are three little islands in Thailand located near Koh Tao near the western shore of the Gulf of Thailand. The most idyllic islands connected by turquoise oceans and pearly white beaches. The black spots on the right side of the photo are a school of 10,000 small fish. If possible take a day snorkeling trip from Koh Tao to fully appreciate this magnificent island and all the snorkeling spots.

Koh Tao wordt ook wel Turtle Island genoemd. Deze naam ontleent het eiland niet alleen aan zijn vorm schildpadachtig, maar vooral vanwege het feit dat Koh Tao een belangrijke broedplaats is voor enkele bedreigde zeeschildpadden. Koh Tao is slechts 21 vierkante kilometer groot. Het eiland ligt op ongeveer 70km van het vaste land. Vroeger was Koh Tao onbewoond, slecht enkele locale vissers verbleven af en toe op het eiland om te schuilen voor het slechte weer of om uit te rusten. Koh Tao wordt bezocht vanwege zijn natuur, rust en onderwaterwereld. Even ten noordwesten van Koh Tao ligt het eiland Koh NangYuan. Het exotische eiland is eenvoudig per longtailboot te bereiken vanuit Koh Tao . Dit tropische eiland maakt deel uit van het National Marine Park. Het is eigenlijk een groep van drie eilanden die door zandheuvels met elkaar verbonden zijn. Het water, kristalheldere, heeft een perfecte zichtbaarheid van de zeeleven. De zwarte vlekken rechts van de foto is een school van wel 10.000 kleine visjes.Je kan er heerlijk doorheen snorkelen. Een indrukwekkende onderwaterwereld hier op Nang Yaun.

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Zurich, Switzerland

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