Gal Oya Lodge
Gal Oya National Park, Sri Lanka
Discover an ancient land untouched by time—a haven of serenity in which to reconnect with the rhythms of the earth. Immerse yourself in nature. Soak yourself in local culture. Explore the rich wildlife of Gal Oya, one of Sri Lanka’s most remote and least visited wilderness areas. Gal Oya Lodge is a unique Sri Lanka eco-lodge spread across 20 acres of private jungle. Take your time enjoying this natural paradise through the experiences we offer, which include a walk with our Vedda neighbors, one of the last remaining communities of the forest-dwelling, indigenous people of Sri Lanka.
Gal Oya National Park remains peacefully untouched by the hands of man. It is one of Sri Lanka’s hidden gems, yet to be explored. Distinct from other Sri Lankan protected areas, Gal Oya encompasses the country’s largest inland body of water, Senanayake Samudraya Lake. Away from the crowds, Gal Oya is an opportunity to experience some of the best of Sri Lankan wildlife.
Wildlife & Nature Immersion
Vedda Cultural Visit
Gal Oya Lodge is more than just a Sri Lanka eco-lodge. Its concept lives in every detail, from the undisturbed lush forest of our mountain site to the natural materials – such as cajan, wood and illuk – used to create the bungalows. All bungalow bedrooms feature spectacular floor-to-ceiling glass windows and doors that open onto a private veranda.
Every bungalow is nestled within the forest, specifically sited to minimize its impact on the land, and to frame the best possible views. Each bungalow is a generous 800 sq. ft. consisting of a private living room and bedroom with a built-in king-sized bed. An adjoining alfresco bathroom completes the experience.
Rates begin at $155
Bed and breakfast plus tea & coffee
Full board rates available on request
Buildings: Gal Oya has used sustainable and locally-sourced materials wherever possible.
Water: All of Gal Oya’s water needs come from their own bore-well situated on their land which is then filtered and used at the lodge. All bungalows use solar panels to heat water.
Plastic free: Gal Oya aims to have a zero-plastic policy at the lodge. All drinking water is filtered from their well and served in recycled glass water bottles.
Hire Locally: Currently 75% of all Gal Oya’s staff live within 10 km of the lodge.
Food: Gal Oya’s menus are designed so that all food on offer either grows onsite or is available at the local market.
Research Centre: Gal Oya has their own research center taking part in conservation and research initiatives.
Vedda Cultural Visit
Complimentary jungle cooking course ($64 value)