Gal Oya Lake Safari

AVAILABILITY: Throughout the Year

TOUR OPTIONS: Morning and Evening Boat Safaris

Gal Oya National Park is located in the south-east part of Sri Lanka and has about 32 species of mammals including the Common Langur, endemic Toque Macaque, Leopards, Sloth Bear, Elephants, Wild Boar, Water Buffalo and 3 species of deer. The park serves as the main catchment area for Senanayake Samudraya, the largest reservoir in Sri Lanka. The various small islands make Gal Oya a haven to elephants and birds, and an ideal location for a boat safari. Elephants are great swimmers and can often be seen waddling from one island to another in search of greener pastures. During the safari, you may have a chance to spot them swimming!

Gal Oya National Park is rich in flora and fauna. About 45% of the park is covered by evergreen forest and a further 33% is taken up by savanna areas. Approximately 150 out of Sri Lanka's 430 bird species have been observed in this region, with migratory birds visiting the park from December to April.

WHAT TO BRING:

  • Lightly coloured clothing
  • Sunglasses & a hat to protect against the sun
  • Insect repellent
  • Sun protection lotions & Lip balm
  • Good camera, spare batteries, extra memory cards, cables and chargers