Gal Oya National Park

  • Category: National Parks
  • Distance From Colombo‎: 188 kms
  • Mode of Game Drive: Jeep
  • Main Spotter: Leopards
  • Drive Time: 3 to 4 H
  • Location: North Western and North Central
  • Availability: All Year
  • Txp: Van, Car, Jeep, Bus
  • Area: 1,317 km²
  • Best Time To Visit: February to October
  • Accom: Hotel, Luxury Tented, Bungalow
  • Elevation: 78 mt. above sea level
About Gal Oya National Park

south-east of the island and edges the largest reservoir in Sri Lanka. About 45% of the park covered by evergreen forest and a further 33% is taken up by savanna areas. This landscape is very distinctive: waterways lead between four main protected areas and several smaller islands, so a boat safari is one of the best ways to explore. Watch the resident elephant herd swim between the islands at sunset. The 25,900-hectare park has about 32 species of mammals including Common Langur, endemic Leopard, Toque Macaque, Sloth Bear, Elephant, Wild Boar, Water Buffalo, Mugger Crocodile, Star Tortoise and three species of deer. For birding enthusiasts, approximately 150 of Sri Lanka ‘s 430 species of birds seen in this region

Boat safari at Gal Oya National Park

Take an evening boat safari across the Senanayake Samudra in the peaceful Gal Oya National Park. Listen to the sound of tropical birdcall and look out for elephants swimming between small islands as the sun begins to set.

What is The Best Time to Visit Gal Oya National Park

It is possible to visit the park all year round. The best time to visit Gal Oya is from March to July, is the prime time.

What Animals Can You Spot In Gal Oya National Park?

The Gal Oya National park is home to over 30 species of mammals which popularly include a large population of Sri Lankan Elephant, Leopard, Sloth Bear, Spotted Deer, Sambur, Monkey and Buffalo, many rare species of endemic and migratory birds, Reptile and Amphibians.  There is also a wide range of birdlife, reptiles and much more.

Activities Near Gal Oya National Park
Closest landmarks
  • Deegavapi Stupa
  • Henebedde Cave
  • Kumana National Park
  • Muhudu Maha Viharaya
  • Lahugala Magul Maha Viharaya
  • Buddhangala Monastery

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Did you know that
Sri Lanka’s is home to:

  • 92 species of mammals
  • Over 440 bird species
  • 242 butterfly & 117 dragonfly species
  • A 190 reptiles of which 98 species are of snakes, while the remaining are of mainly lizards, crocodiles and turtles
  • 102 amphibian species
  • 107 species of fish
  • 3210 species of flowering plants!
  • And much more!


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Frequently Asked Questions

When should I visit Gal Oya National Park?

It is possible to visit the park all year round. The best time to visit Gal Oya is from March to Julyr, is the prime time.

What kind of weather can I expect in Gal Oya National Park?

The elevation of the Park varies from 30m to about 900m. Rain falls during the North-East monsoon with an average annual rainfall of 1,700 millimetres.

How Many Days Should I Spend at Gal Oya National Park?

Ideally, you should spend at least 2 nights in Gal Oya to get the best, This would give you an opportunity to visit some of the less frequently visited sections of the park away from the normal tracks which we like to do.

How is it like on a general Safari Day?

  • Full-day Safari (duration 12+hrs) – Leaving the Camp at 06:00am and Returning to Camp by 06:00pm with breakfast, lunch & refreshments on board.

  • Morning Game Drive (duration 4-5hrs) – Morning Game Drive Leaving the Camp at 06:00am and returning around 11 am

  • Afternoon Game Drive (duration 3-4hrs) – Leaving the Camp between 14:00pm – 15:00pm and returns around 6 pm

Do’s and Don’ts

  • Avoid wearing white and other bright colors while on safari
  • Don’t take anything from the park
  • Use water sparingly
  • Never leave your vehicle except at designated get off points where it is permitted to do so

Whisper at sightings, a loud human voice may disturb animals and cause them to charge their behavior and movements Be conscious of wrappers and other litter flying out of your vehicle Always keep children under strict supervision and never allowed to wonder away Never feed the animals and always keeps a safe distance from them

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