For centuries man and forest have lived in close relationship. the forest fulfilled most of man's needs.he collected resin'cane,timber,cardomom,cinnamon and bee's honey.he tapped the palms for treacle. the fallen
branch gave him firewood and mushrooms in season. the trees gave him fruits and flowers. the forest yielded the most valuable medicines-the barks, the herbs, and the flowers whose curative powers were well known. one such treasure trove is Sinharaja- our own tropical rain forest.legend tells us this vast forest was once the Kingdom of The Lion.hence the name "Sinharaja Adaviya" the forest of The Lion king.
Today this forest is about 9000 hectares in extent reaching from kalutota to adwelttota in the Rannapura distrct. the national heritage Act of 1988 proclaimed it a national heritage protected by the Ministry of lands.subaequentiy because of its uniqueness it was in the world heritage list as the first natural heritage of Sri Lanks.