Wild Elephants & Emerald Lakes

3-day trip to Gal Oya National park with a boat safari - Sri Lanka

Prices from £348 pp

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Duration3 days/2 nights

LocationGal Oya National Park

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Gal Oya is a real treat for the wildlife lovers who want to venture off the beaten path. Set on the shores of the largest lake in Sri Lanka, this undiscovered paradise teeming with wildlife will give you a proper feel of the untouched jungle. Enjoy a boat trip around the lake for a chance of spotting wild elephants swimming between the islands. To learn more about wildlife in the area, why not chat to one of the local naturalists or join them on a short cycling tour if you are feeling adventurous?

What's included

  • Accommodation – price based on 2 people sharing
  • Breakfast and dinner
  • Boat safari
  • Transport
  • complimentary activities at the lodge

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Your day-by-day itinerary

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.

Arrival in Gal Oya:

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.

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

Boat Safari and Free Time:

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!

Boat safari on the lake in Gal Oya, Sri Lanka

After the boat safari, you will return to the 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? For the adventurous souls, there are plenty of other activities that can be arranged at your accommodation, from hikes to jungle trails and additional safaris.

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

Departure from Gal Oya:

Today your time in Gal Oya comes to an end. Enjoy a beautiful sunrise one more time, have a dip in the pool and after breakfast, your driver will be ready to whisk you towards your next adventure! If you would like to extend your stay in this nature’s paradise, let your Travel Specialist know while planning your trip and we will add an extra night for you!

View of Gal Oya National Park
David on a rickshaw

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“There’s nowhere like Sri Lanka. Having travelled all over the country, it wasn’t long before I fell completely in love with its beaches, tea hills, wild rainforest and national parks. Oh, and did I mention the spicy curries? They knocked my socks off!”

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