Gal Oya Lodge is nestled comfortably within 20 acres of private idyllic forest and shares its home with incredible vistas and rare indigenous species like the soaring white-bellied sea eagle and beautiful Asian elephants.
The lodge makes itself the ultimate escape for wildlife and nature enthusiasts by having the positioning of the stunning natural life that shares its forest home as the top priority at every opportunity.
Every eco-friendly room has been built from responsibly sourced natural products and has been designed to fit perfectly with their magnificent surroundings. Living under the grass roofs and timber walls at Gal Oya Lodge puts you at the heart of the beautiful Sri Lankan landscape.
The striking outdoor swimming pool is hidden by tall grasses and trees and appears like a mirage in the landscape of greenery. Here you can swim and unwind with the rugged mountains as a backdrop and the calls of rare birds sounding in the trees around you. The lodge’s restaurant also uses natural materials and locally sourced produce to put your taste buds in touch with the beauty beyond the hotel. Additionally, as Gal Oya doesn’t have Wifi, you will be constantly engaged with the topographical beauty of this off-the-beaten-track paradise and can totally switch off from everyday stresses.
The hotel supports the Jim Edwards Wildlife Research Centre, which runs numerous ongoing projects in collaboration with local and international conservation trusts and universities. Gal Oya Lodge also runs numerous eco-initiatives of their own, including the use of eco-kind cleaning products and lightbulbs, heating water through solar power and donating waste food to the local community. Rangers and lodge hosts are extremely knowledgeable about the surrounding Gal Oya National Park and can expand your mind and introduce you to the local tribes, indigenous species and the stunning sights of Sri Lanka’s untouched landscape.
A sandy pathway wends its way through and between Gal Oya Lodge’s 10 rooms that are comprised of 8 bungalows nestled into the luscious forest and a villa that is ideal for families. Each eco-conscious room is designed to make you feel as if you are part of the environment itself and floor-to-ceiling windows and wraparound verandas afford magnificent views over the stunning landscape.
Restaurants and Bars
The stunning lodge has a mezzanine restaurant where you can sit at teak and mara wood tables that were made by local craftsmen in a traditional style. Here you will be served mouth-watering sambols and curries alongside classic western favourites, cocktails and other refreshments. All dishes are cooked using the freshest local ingredients that have been responsibly sourced or grown on site.
Activities and Entertainment
Being located in the heart of Gal Oya National park affords a host of incredible activities for guests to enjoy. You could find yourself taking a trip up Monkey Mountain for incredible sunrise views, visiting the local lake for a special bird watching experience, strolling the river, walking the forests or meeting the indigenous Vedda Tribe – one of the last remaining communities of the forest-dwelling, indigenous people of Sri Lanka. Gal Oya National park also holds the distinction of being the only place in Sri Lanka where you can go on a boat safari – you may even see the Asian elephant swimming in its natural habitat.
1/8 - Gal Oya Lodge pool at night
2/8 - The pool at Gal Oya Lodge
3/8 - Views from Gal Oya Lodge
4/8 - Relax at Gal Oya Lodge
5/8 - A bedroom at Gal Oya Lodge
6/8 - Communal dining at Gal Oya Lodge
7/8 - Spot elephants on a guided tour at Gal Oya Lodge
8/8 - Take in the views on a guided tour of the area during your stay at Gal Oya Lodge
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