Sri Lanka Experiences - Gal Oya
Gal Oya, Eastern Part
Gal Oya have created unique, guided experiences that re-imagine the traditional Sri Lanka safari idea. With expert naturalists, take a boat safari on Sri Lanka’s largest lake and discover wildlife from a whole new perspective. You may be lucky enough to see the elephants swimming between islands or bathing at the lake’s edge. Birdlife is exceptional on the lake, and migratory birds swell their ranks during the months of December to April.
Gal Oya is known for its unique Safari activities. Guests can enjoy a wide variety of excursions – all accompanied by Gal Oya Lodge’s expert naturalists. Gal Oya offer the island’s only boat safari in Gal Oya National Park. Floating on Sri Lanka’s largest reservoir is the perfect way to experience Sri Lankan wildlife at its best. Gal Oya National Park is known for its resident elephant herds, flourishing birdlife and 32 species of mammals including langurs, toque macaques, leopards, sloth bears, wild boar, water buffalo and deer. Take a walk with our naturalists and explore the forest on one of the many walking trails. Jeep safaris are also available and can be tailored to suit the guests. Take a walk with the Veddas. Meet the indigenous Vedda people, an ancient tribe of hunter-gatherers that live off the land. The Vedda Chief will guide you through his ancient lands and share the wisdom of his people. Enjoy a lunch next to the river, waterfall or overlooking one of the park’s many breathtaking views.
For the adventurous early risers, a 1.5 hour uphill trek first thing in the morning is a must. Up top, dramatic 180 degree views over the large forested valley await. An early start allows you to watch the sun rise over the hills in the distance, observing the never ending jungle canopy below.