Makandawa Forest Reserve

Makandawa Forest Reserve (Sinhala: මාකන්දාව රක්ෂිතය) is an evergreen lowland rainforest situated in Kegalle District, Sri Lanka. Extending in an area of about 195 ha., it is located in close proximity to the Kitulgala town which is a major ecotourism destination in the country (see: Adventure Sports in Kitulgala) and also near the Kelani Ganga river. 

The rainforest was declared in 1903 as a reserve (Gunawardena et al., 2020). Presently, it is maintained by the Forest Department of Sri Lanka as a part of the Kelani Valley Forest Reserve System which was established to protect the Kelani Ganga watershed (Gunawardena et al., 2020). The average annual rainfall of the forest area is around 3,698 mm (Gunawardena et al., 2020).

1) Gunawardena, M.P., Peeris, M.K.P., Karunananda, H.T.A.R., Dharmarathna, R.D.C.C.A., Dias, S.N.C.L., Ariyawansha, K.A.T.D., Wijerathne, A.E.W.M.D.V.B. and Weerakkody, W.A.G.K., 2020. Plant diversity in Makandawa Forest Reserve, Kithulgala, Sri Lanka. pp.52-58.

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This page was last updated on 23 May 2022
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