TEL: 0203 880 8585

Gal Oya National Park

For those who long to get off grid to get up close and personal with Sri Lanka’s stunning wildlife, Gal Oya National Park is the perfect answer. Not only is the park Sri Lanka’s best-kept secret, but the ancient Vedda tribe who live here (yes, they really do still wear loincloths and hunt with poison tipped arrows) are its hidden cultural treasure. What’s more, it is the only place in Sri Lanka where you can take a boat safari in the hope of seeing the mighty Asian elephant swimming in its natural habitat.

Safari holidays in Sri Lanka are a very special experience, but Gal Oya is especially rewarding. You’ll find tranquility, encounter untainted nature and mind-blowing scenery, with Sri Lanka’s biggest man-made lake, peppered with islands, and framed by the green mountains beyond.

True, the animal residents are more elusive than in Yala National park or Uda Walawe but that doesn’t detract from the experience.

On the contrary, seeing a swimming elephant or watching a croc glide into the water is all the more exciting. And when it comes to birdlife,you are likely to see eagles, herons and storks along with a colourful array of kingfishers and thrushes.

And for those who relish the prospect of a first-hand encounter with a  genuine indigenous civilisation, the long road to Gal Oya is a must. On any cultural holiday in Sri Lanka, a meeting with the Vedda, one of the last communities of forest dwelling people, is a true highlight.

A walk through the ancient forest with the tribal chief has to count amongst the most evocative and spiritual encounters possible in Sri lanka. You can listen to fascinating stories about the tribe’s ancestors and how they have lived from the jungle for hundreds of years leading a hunter gatherer existence, foraging, hunting and using plants for medicinal use.

Surprisingly the Sri Lanka luxury hotel scene has not yet arrived in force in this safari holiday paradise. Instead, there is just one choice of accommodation for discerning travellers: Gal Oya Lodge, a fabulous boutique hotel surrounded by 20 acres of private reserve.

Read More

Tailor-Made gal oya national park Holidays


Off-the-shelf is off the menu at Yonder: from the moment you first get in touch you'll be in the hands of a senior executive who has spent years getting to know your destination first-hand. Other travel companies might talk a big game about expertise and customisation but, to blow our own trumpet for a minute, we're in a league of our own.

Start planning your luxury holiday to Gal Oya National Park

Whether you are looking for the perfect hotel stay or to create an exciting itinerary tailored just for you, every last detail of your trip with Yonder is carefully crafted, including hand-picked hotels that we adore ourselves

Sri Lanka Family Holidays

Sri Lanka Family Holidays

14 Days | From £3,400pp (Inc. Flights)

Visiting: Gal Oya National Park, East Coast, Tangalle, Kandy

View Details
Sri Lanka Wildlife Wonders

Sri Lanka Wildlife Wonders

21 Days | From £3,800pp (Inc. Flights)

Visiting: Gal Oya National Park, Galle and the southern beaches, Wilpattu National Park, Tangalle, Yala National Park

View Details
Sri Lanka Megamoon

Sri Lanka Megamoon

15 Days | From £3,900pp (Inc. Flights)

Visiting: Gal Oya National Park, Tea Country, Galle and the southern beaches, Cultural Triangle, Kandy

View Details

Postcards from our previous clients

David Edwards

We booked our India holiday through Yonder and they delivered from start to finish. From their choice of hotels (all great,...

Dan Lawrence

Used Yonder recently for a holiday to Sri Lanka for my girlfriend and I and I have nothing but positive feedback for them.<...


From the time we first contacted them to when we arrived back from our holiday, Yonder delivered everything and more they p...

Harriet Partridge

Yonder exceeded all our expectations and sorted such an incredible honeymoon for us. Efficient, organised and personable wi...

Our Recommended Accommodation In Gal Oya National Park

Gal Oya Lodge

Set in 20 acres of forest, this luxury hotel is a triumph of sustainability, with a beautiful swimming pool and pavilions and bungalow suites made from natural materials. Rooms have four-posters, stunning views and alfresco bat... View this hotel

Start planning your trip now

Speak to our travel experts and get a tailor-made, no obligation itinerary.

We only recommend hand-picked hotels we have sampled and savoured ourselves. And we know our destinations inside out so talk from experience to give personal insights into every element.

Call 0203 880 8585 Enquire Now