Your day-by-day itinerary

Arrival in Gal Oya:

Day 1

Arrival in Gal Oya:

Today you will leave the tourist trails behind and journey into the wild heart of Sri Lanka for an ultimate jungle experience in the unspoilt Gal Oya National Park. After a few hours in a car and a short jeep ride down the dusty track, you will reach your charming accommodation – a well-deserved retreat surrounded by lush jungle.

Room at the lodge in Gal Oya National Park, Sri Lanka

Your home for the next few days is a dreamy eco-lodge. Built from the natural materials in traditional Sri Lankan style it’s packed with character and rustic charm. And with a swimming pool and misty mountains as a backdrop, it’s just the spot to unwind and enjoy and serenity of the jungle. If you want to explore the area, your driver is at your disposal and we’d recommend checking out the nearby Buddangala Temple set atop a hill with amazing views of the valley.

Boat safari on the lake in Gal Oya, Sri Lanka

Days 2-3

Boat safari, free time and departure:

This morning you will have some free time to explore the area or just laze around the pool. And after lunch, the real adventure will begin! You’ll hop on a jeep whisking you through the jungle and right to the lake shore where the boat would be waiting. You will spend the next few hours gliding down the lake’s mirror surface, spotting wildlife from the water. Gal Oya is home to Asian elephants and you can often see them bathing on the edge of the lake. And if you are lucky you can even spot these gentle giants swimming from island to island in search of food so keep your eyes peeled and camera at the ready!

Elephant swimming in the lake in Gal Oya National Park, sri Lanka

After the boat safari, you will return to your lodge. There are no other activities planned for today, but if you would like to learn more about wildlife in the area, why not chat to one of the local naturalists or join them for a short cycling or walking tour if you are feeling adventurous?

The next morning your time in Gal Oya comes to an end and your driver will meet you again and whisk you towards your next adventure!

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Where to next? This trip goes together perfectly with these:

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