Gal Oya National Park

Discover the hidden gems of Sri Lankan nature


Enjoy the wildlife in the peace and calm of the less visited National Parks

32There are a plenty of opportunities when it comes to observing wildlife in Sri Lanka. During the peak season, you can get off the beaten track and pay a visit to Gal Oya National Park and see various kinds of birds, mammals, reptiles in their natural habitat.

Gal Oya National Park is located with the lake named by Senanayake Samudraya (Samudraya mean lake). This is the only national park located with a lake and where you can enjoy a boat safari as well. Crossing the Senanayake samudraya by boat is one way to access the National park. This park is located south east of Sri Lanka. And the speciality here is you get to see Sri Lankan Elephants throughout the year. You can see around 32 mammals including Sri Lankan axis deer, muntjac, water buffalo, Sri Lankan sambar deer, Sri Lanka leopard, toque monkey, wild boar, mugger crocodile and the star tortoise.31

More than 150 species of birds have been recorded in Gal Oya. The lesser adjutant, spot-billed pelican and red-faced malkoha are some of the park's resident birds. The Indian cormorant, Oriental darter, grey heron, lesser whistling duck, white-bellied sea eagle, and grey-headed fish eagle , raptors. Gal Oya National Park's butterfly species include the endemic lesser albatross.

The best time to visit Gal Oya National Park is from March to July. During this period you get to witness elephants swimming and join in with a Jeep safari, Boat safari, Night safari, a Cycling tour and even bird watching at Gal Oya National Park.

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"Your guides, drivers and staff are exceptional, and the foundation of your great company. And our driver really did a fabulous job. A delight to be with and a charming influence on the journey. You have the good concept – Nice work and thank you for the great experience.”

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The trip you suggested and organized through Eco Team gave us a good overview. We liked specially the Mahoora Explorer in Wilpattu and Udawalawe.

Anita & Ueli Letsch - Switzerland
29th March 2017

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Everyone has been so friendly and helpful. We have had such an excellent trip. The safaris in Yala and Udawalawe were a wonderful experience. We have many memories to take home and we saw so many wildlife. Chauffeur Guide were knowledgeable. The Big Game safari Camps were excellent, best service we have ever had. Attention to details very welcoming and food very good.

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1st August 2017

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Rukan was wonderful and we enjoyed his careful driving as well as his company throughout our journey. His English is very good and we had great conversations. It was nice to gain insight into the history and culture of Sri Lanka by speaking with him.
Our safari guide in Yala (Kasun) was the best! We saw 6 leopards and 3 sloth bears over the course of 4 outings. Compliments to him and the driver. I was worried that 4 safaris would not be enough, but that turned out not to be the case with their expert tracking skills.

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