Gal Oya Lodge
Gal Oya National Park | Superior
For those wanting to escape the crowds and explore raw natural beauty, look no further than Gal Oya Lodge. Throw in a population of wild elephants and the opportunity to meet the Veddas (indigenous Sri Lankan tribespeople) and you have a truly unforgettable experience.
Inaccessible for years due to civil war, Gal Oya has been dubbed ‘Sri Lanka’s forgotten National Park’. Boasting the country’s largest lake, an exhaustive variety of bird life and a large number of elephants it offers an off-the-beaten track safari experience. It’s also the only place in Sri Lanka where, in addition to jeep safaris, boat safaris are offered. As you float across the lake you will have the opportunity to observe animals coming to the water’s edge to drink and may well spot wild elephants swimming across the water.
Perched on the edge of the National Park, Gal Oya Lodge itself opened in September 2014 and comprises of just eight individual thatched-roof bungalows; one of which features two bedrooms. Constructed from natural materials, each bungalow has been designed to take advantage of the surrounding landscape, with floor to ceiling windows and a spacious terrace (that incidentally doesn’t overlook neighbouring villas). Bathrooms offer both an indoor and outdoor shower and quirky sinks made from old rice cleaning bowls. Fall asleep to the sounds of the jungle.
When you’re not wildlife spotting, there is an opportunity to meet the local indigenous people – the Veddahs, and learn about their simple way of life or simply relax by the swimming pool and soak up the surroundings. Meals are served in the small open-plan restaurant.
We SayThis charming eco-retreat offers an authentic experience like no other and is a memorable inclusion in any Sri Lankan itinerary.
Gal Oya National Park
- Your Accommodation
- 8 Bungalows
- Wonderfully 'bespoke' amenities
- Ceiling fans (no A/C)
- Eating & Drinking
- Open-air restaurant & bar
- Leisure & Relaxation
- Swimming pool
- Jeep & boat safaris
- Guided walks
- Mountain bikes