Blog Series: UNESCO Natural World Heritage Sites
Sri Lanka have 2 UNESCO Natural World Heritage Sites, Sinharaja Rain Forest Reserve since 1988 and the Central Highlands since 2010. The Central Highlands consists of Horton Plains National Park, Peak Wilderness Protected Area and Knuckles Conservation Forest.
If you are interested in nature, wildlife, hiking and animals, or just want to see picturesque and beautiful places, you should definitely come visit. All these sites are easily accessed by car and you will not regret your visit here. Many people are interested in visit these sites, and we have therefore put together a blog series for you with information about each place. Making it easy for you to explore the natural wonders of Sri Lanka.
Part 1 Sinharaja Rain Forest Reserve
Part 2 Horton Plains National Park
Part 3: Peak Wilderness Sanctuary
The tropical rainforest of Peak Wilderness Sanctuary surrounds the Sri Pada Mountain (Adam’s Peak) in the Central Highlands of Sri Lanka. This area is considered a biodiversity hotspot. The landscape of Peak Wilderness Sanctuary vary from 1000 to 7360 feet above sea level. The geographical formations you can find here are therefore very different from other natural reserves in Sri Lanka.
During the British colonial era parts of the Peak Wilderness Area was cut down to the advantage of large tea plantations, which still are in use around Nuwara Eliya. However, in the 1940’s the Peak Wildernes Area became protected as a wildlife sanctuary.
Walk through this untouched an unspoiled natural reserve as you head to Adam’s Peak. Climb Adam’s Peak and visit Peak Wilderness Sanctuary is one of the most appreciated eco-tourism venues in Sri Lanka’s hill country.
Adam’s Peak, or Sri Pada, is also an important pilgrimage site for many religions. Buddhists believe that the footprint on the summit is that of Buddha. It is also a sacred place for Hindus, Muslims and Christians.
Most visitors start the hike in night time to reach the top in time for the magical sunrise, where you can see the mystical shadow that the mountain casts on the valley below. Enjoy the stunning view as you stand on the summit 2243 metres above sea level.
In the natural reserve you can also find trails in the midst of the greenery of the forest, across rivers and through lush green tea plantations.
Be Inspired in 2016 – Discover Sri Lanka and Peak Wilderness Sanctuary
More information about Peak Wilderness Sanctuary: http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1203
Questions or want to book your getaway to Peak Wilderness Natural Reserve?
We are happy to help you out with your Sri Lanka Holiday Tour.
Live - Love - Enjoy - Sri Lanka
Eden Lanka Holiday Tours
Here you will find tips, advice, inspiration and ideas for your Sri Lanka Holiday Tour, as well as information about our tours, and attractions in Sri Lanka. You will of course also find photos of this Paradise Island.