Gal Oya Lodge
East Coast, Sri Lanka
Gal Oya Lodge is set in the little-visited Gal Oya National Park towards Sri Lanka's east coast. Built from locally-sourced natural materials with furniture made by local craftsmen, the nine-bedroom lodge really gives guests a sense of its surroundings.
At a Glance
A 9-room wildlife lodge in Gal Oya national park, one of Sri Lanka's least visited parks
See the wildlife by boat safari, rather than from a car
The best place to see elephants swimming in Sri Lanka
The lodge fits in beautifully with its surroundings, with grass roofs and use of wood in the construction
Dramatic surroundings with a mountain backdrop and lush jungle
Don't miss a safari by boat as you will have the opportunity to see the elephants swimming.Scott Dunn team
Due to the 'savannah' layout of Gal Oya, you will probably not see as many animals as some of the other parks, but it is still a worthwhile adventureLucy Bailey
This is one of Sri Lanka's least visited National Parks and so is great for those who like to be a bit more off the beaten trackLucy Bailey
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Built from local materials, including woods of teak and mara, and 'illuk' grass roofs, Gal Oya Lodge brings ecological luxury to Sri Lanka's little-visited Gal Oya National Park. With seven spacious bungalows, and a two-bedroom villa, this is the ideal accommodation option for guests looking to relax in a spectacular setting, while feeling secluded.
The bungalows measure 800 square foot in size, and have spacious bedrooms with king-size beds, as well as a sitting room and en-suite bathrooms including indoor and outdoor showers. The huge windows give the bungalows spectacular views, and they also have a private veranda. The two-bedroom villa is ideal for families or friends traveling together, with a spacious sitting room connecting the two bedrooms.
Enabling guests to get back to nature, Gal Oya Lodge is simple in design and amenities, and facilities include an outdoor swimming pool, a restaurant with an a la carte menu and a bar. The lodge also has its own vegetable garden
Gal Oya National Park boasts Sri Lanka's largest inland body of water, the Senanayake Samudraya Lake, meaning that wildlife safaris can be taken by boat rather than solely by jeep, which is unique for a Sri Lankan national park. Covered by jungle, with a beautiful mountain backdrop, the scenery is breath-taking and the wildlife experience completely different to any other throughout the country. The national park is home to plenty of Asian elephants, which can be seen swimming in the lake; a marvelous spectacle. Among the species of animals that can be seen in the park are deer, water buffalo, Sri Lankan leopard and monkeys, as well as a whole host of birdlife.
Guests can also spend their time walking in the national park with a naturalist, going for picnics, or even meeting the Veddas, Sri Lanka's aboriginal people.
Gal Oya Lodge has nine bedrooms in total, incorporating seven one-bedroom bungalows, and a two-bedroom villa which is perched above the lodge to give it spectacular views of the national park. The bungalows measure 800 square feet in total, and have bedrooms with king-sized beds, en suite bathrooms with twin sinks and indoor and outdoor showers, as well as a veranda. The two-bedroom villa has a 680-square foot sitting room connecting the bedrooms. The rooms have been built using natural materials and furniture has been created by local craftsmen.
Measuring 800 square feet, the bungalows have a spacious bedroom, a sitting room, an en suite bathroom with indoor and outdoor shower, and twin sinks, and a veranda.
The Two-bedroom Villa is perched above the lodge with spectacular views, and a 680-square foot sitting room connecting the two rooms which both have en suite bathrooms.
Children are welcome at the lodge but there are no specific facilities for them.
Gal Oya Lodge has a restaurant with an a la carte menu and a bar.
Safaris can be done by both jeep and boat from Gal Oya Lodge. The surrounding countryside is perfect for going for walks with one of the lodge's naturalists. The peaceful surroundings of the lodge also make it ideal for relaxing on your private veranda or by the swimming pool with a book, and perhaps doing some bird watching. Private gatherings can also be arranged with the Veddas, the aboriginal people of Sri Lanka.
Location & Directions
East Coast, Sri Lanka
Gal Oya Lodge is located in Gal Oya National Park on Sri Lanka's central east coast, to the east of the hill country.
When to go
From May to August the Yala monsoon brings rain to the island’s southwestern half. The southwest has the highest rainfall – up to 4000mm a year. There is also an inter-monsoonal period in October and November when rain can occur in many parts of the island. The sea stays at around 27°C all year. Climatically speaking, the driest (and best) seasons in the Northeastern half of Sri Lanka are from May to August and for the west and south coasts, December to March.