Visit Hiyare Reservoir while Sightseeing in Galle
The Hiyare reservoir is a natural reservoir in the district of Galle, Sri Lanka. This reservoir is a major source of drinking water to the town of Galle. The catchment zone of the reservoir consists of about 600 acres of a well-preserved lowland rain forest. Its conservation is therefore of significance. The name of the reservoir is said to indicate the abundance of hundred springs or sub-streams that feed and enrich it, such as the Mahadola, Katandola or Aadadola rivers, to name a few. The floral composition of the forest consists of important canopy tree species. Nine endemic species – Hora (Dipterocarpus zeylanicus), Bu-hora (Dipterocarpus hispidus), Dorana (Dipterocarpus glandulosus), Pini-baru (Hopea jucunda), Kekuna (Canarium zeylanicum), Godapara (Dillenia retusa), Thiniya (Doona congestiflora), Uru-honda (Kurrimia ceylanica), Beraliya-dun (Shorea dyeri) – are identified. Among the other life forms, 5 endemic bird species, 6 endemic freshwater fish species and 2 endemic amphibian species have been recorded.
The area is a strict forest reserve with a high diversity and endemism of species in the catchment zone.