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Gal Oya Lodge

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An eco-lodge spread across 20 acres of private jungle, Gal Oya Lodge is situated within the Gal Oya National Park, one of Sri Lanka’s most remote and least visited wilderness areas. Immersed in nature, you will spend your time enjoying jeep drives, boat safaris to watch elephants swimming and forest walks with the Vedda tribe, one of the last remaining communities of forest-dwelling, indigenous people of Sri Lanka. It is perfect for bird watchers and nature enthusiasts.

Using sustainable and local materials, the lodge is nestled in the forest and grasslands and takes advantage of the spectacular views. There are 9 spacious, thatched bungalows and a family villa. Each has floor-to-ceiling windows, a little sitting room, an outdoor terrace, and a four-poster bed with a mosquito net. The most memorable aspect of the rooms is the alfresco bathroom, which features bamboo sprouts, elephant taps and brass sinks. The camp also features a swimming pool with a mountain backdrop. You will dine either in the mezzanine restaurant or have a packed meal on safari with an idyllic setup beside the river. The menu embraces international dishes as well as Sri Lankan fare, all food is simple but delicious. Spend your days exploring the park by jeep, bike or boat. You can also explore your surroundings by foot, taking in the bird life and forest sights. When not on safari you can read, sunbathe and learn about nature from the knowledgeable staff; at night, the board games and cards come out.

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Expert View

  • Off-the-radar safari in a rarely visited park
  • The only place in Sri Lanka offering boat safaris
  • Forest hikes with the Vedda tribe
  • Digital detox – no phone signal or WiFi

At a glance

  • 9 Bungalows
  • All Ages
  • Open All Year
  • Family Rooms
  • Full Board
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Our sustainable tourism rating

We handpick partners who share our commitment to protecting their environment, conserving wildlife and benefitting local communities.

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"If you’re really lucky, you can sometimes see elephants swimming in the lake using their trunks like a snorkel."

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