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|Year and Month||November 2011|
|Number of Days||One day (just spent 2-3 hours)|
|Crew||4 (Myself, Wife, Daughter & My Brother)|
|Accommodation||My Parent’s home|
|Transport||KIA Sportage 4WD|
|Activities||Leisure, Photography, exploration|
|Weather||Excellent. Bright Sunshine|
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I had been looking forward an opportunity to visit the Hiyare Forest Reservoir since long time as I have never got a luck to visit this place even if I have born and grown in Galle up to 20 years of age. Still I am regretting to miss that great chance to visit this during my early stages. This located just 10Km away from my Parents place.
Hiyare Forest reserve is located just 18 km (about half an hour’s drive) Galle town. The 55 acre reservoir was built in 1911 to supply water to the Galle city and was only decommissioned in 2002. In 2003 the reservoir and 600 acres of the surrounding low country tropical rainforest was turned over to the Municipal Council of Galle. One part of Hiyare is managed by the Sri Lankan Forest Department and the Wildlife Society of Galle administers the reservoir area.
In addition to this there is a Biodiversity Breeding Centre and an Animal Rescue Programme, which provides medical treatment and rehabilitation for injured wild animals, they are treated, rehabilitated and then released back into the wild.
Among its many activities, the Society also carries out educational workshops and conducts regular classes to interested parties.
Some of the injured and rescued wild animals under medical treatment.