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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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