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Gal Oya National Park

Established in the year 1954, Gal Oya National Park in Sri Lanka is rich in flora and fauna. The most prominent attraction of the Gal Oya National Park is its elephant herd. Three important herbs of the Ayurveda medicine, triphala: Terminalia Chebula, Terminalia Bellirica and Emblica Officinalis are among the notable flora of the Park. Situated 314 fm away from Colombo, the National Park has about 32 species of mammals including Common Langur, endemic Toque macaque, Leopard, Sloth Bear, Elephant, Wild Boar, Water Buffalo and 3 species of deer.

Insight to Gal Oya National Park

Gal Oya National Park is home to three mountains - Danigala, Ulpotha and Nilgala. These mountains account for its various elevation. However, the actual highlight of this national park is its boat/cruise ride, which is an alternative way of exploring the entire site.

Boat/Cruise Ride

The cruise ride takes you through the Bird’s Island, including a ride through the Makara Kata tunnel, and te Dighavapi Stupa.  Believed to be the site where Buddha meditated during his third visit in Sri Lanka, Dighavapi is visited by thousands of pilgrims.

Birdlife of Gal Oya National Park

Gal Oya National Park is home to about 150 species of birds. Some of the resident birds of the park include, The Lesser Adjutant, Spot-billed Pelican and Red-faced Malkoha. The Indian Cormorant, Oriental Darter, Grey Heron, and Lesser Whistling Duck are among the common water birds of the Senanayake reservoir.

Things to Do

Animal spotting

The chances of eyeing a Sri Lanka Axis Deer are quite high in the Gal Oya National Park. You must embark on this interesting journey of spotting some exotic wildlife, including water buffalos, Sri Lanka sambar deer, muntjac, toque monkeys and Sri Lanka leopard. You can also enjoy the visual of elephants grazing and swimming from island to island.


150 of the 430 species of birds in Sri Lanka have been observed in this national park. So a day of birdwatching is only appropriate.

Gal Oya Lodge

The Gal Oya Lodge is a beautiful nature resort located in close proximity to Gal Oya National Park. A stay in the resort lets you enjoy the peaceful surrounding, away from the chaotic city life.

Explore around

Whether you opt for a boat safari or a regular one, exploring every bit of this National Park is a must. Do not forget to keep your camera handy to capture the wilds in their natural habitat.

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