Departure: 7.30 Am & 2.30 Pm Daily
Kottawa Forest Reserve (Arboretum), which is situated about 19 km northeast of Galle, is a small (15-hectare), isolated patch of low country rainforest displaying all of the features of a typical wet evergreen rainforest. This small rainforest arboretum is ideal for bird watching and learning about biodiversity conservation. More than 70 species of birds including 12 endemics such as the Yellow breasted Barbet and Grey Hornbill have been spotted here. The Arboretum is also home to numerous species of butterflies, the Purple-faced Leaf Monkey, Toque Monkey and Giant Squirrels. There are also more than 170 varieties of tropical foliage, more than half endemic to Sri Lanka. A main pathway running through the arboretum, sign posts and benches to rest makes this patch of rainforest suitable even for families with children to explore.