Gal Oya Ntaional Park

Gal oya national park is located 376 km northeast from Colombo in Badulla District with part of it spreding into Ampara District. It outspreads over an area of 25,900 hectare.

Distance from Airport : 392km

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Conjointly with Senanayake Samudra Sanctuary, Gal Oya Valley North-East Sanctuary, Gal Oya Valley South-West Sanctuary, the whole Gal Oya Reservation makes an area of 62, 937 hectare of wildlife conservation. About 145 species of birds of 334 species of Sri Lanka can be seen at Gal oya national park. The Lesser Adjutant, Spot-billed Pelican, Red-faced Malkoha, Oriental Darter, Grey Heron, Lesser Whistling Duck, White-bellied Sea Eagle, and Grey-headed Fish Eagle are commonly seen birds in it.. The highest groups are common Langur, Toque Macaque, Leopard (Pathera Pardus kotiya) sloth bear (Melursus Ursinus), Elephant, Wild Swine, three species of deer and Water Buffalo (Bubalus Bubalis).
Gal Oya national park can be reached from Colombo via Ratnapura, Pelmadulla, Udawalawe, Thanamalwila, Wellawaya, Moneragala and then north from Siyambalanduwa to Inginiyagala. Inginiyagala provides the tourists the opportunity of a boat trip around the Senanayake Samudra reservoir. As well as, Ampara can be reached by domestic flight. The ideal time to visit Gal Oya National Park is from March to July. During this period, the boat safaris bring the sight of elephants swimming from one island to another island in the Senanayaka Samaudra reservoir.

Facilities
Tourists can relish its beauty and wild life by boat safari as well as by jeep safaris. But the Galoya National Park has no accommodation within the park. Rest house and bungalows are at Inginiyagala and a circuit bungalow is available at Eekgal Aru located 23km away from the park office. However you can experience BBQ dinners, nature walks, outdoor tented camps, beach walks, photographs, paintings, filming, jeep safari, boat safari, bird watching, etc.

Surrounding
Kumana National Park, Buddhangala Monastery, Deegavapi Stupa, Lahugala Kithulana National Park, Crocodile Rock, Hulan Nuge Tharu Lengala Temple, Rambakan Oya Tank, Kudumbigala Monastery, Mahaoya Hot Water Springs, Muhudu Maha Viharaya, Serakanada Viharaya are the other attractions around Gal Oya Ntaional Park.

Hotels Nearest
Gal Oya Lodge, Hotel Lake Jay, Monty Hotel, Arugam Bay Surfing Resort, Safari Inn Hotel Inginiyagala,Coco Bay Hotel, Raja Wewa Hotel, Terrel Residencies, Thompukandam Village Resort, The Danish Villa Hotel, Grand Villa Arugambay,

Category
Wild Life Safari, Flora & Fauna, Camping Site, Nature, Sri Lanka, Biodiversity, Sightseeing, National Park, Eco-Tourism