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Gal Oya National Park, Sri Lanka

Gal Oya Lodge

A remarkable jungle lodge

Sustainable luxury by the remote Gal Oya National Park

On the north-western edge of Gal Oya National Park, occupying 20 acres of its own wilderness, Gal Oya Lodge is a beautiful and ecologically exemplary lodge.

There are nine spacious stone, wood and thatch bungalows nestled in the forest, each one specially placed to take advantage of the spectacular views. Each has a private living room which joins onto the bedroom, both rooms featuring floor to ceiling windows and doors which open onto a private veranda, as well as en suite bathrooms with indoor and outdoor showers.

The highest point is reserved for a two-bedroom village, ideal for families and friends, each bedroom with wraparound verandas to catch both sunrise and sunset over the canopy.

A restaurant, bar and swimming are at the heart of the lodge, back-dropped by the green mountains beyond, laid back areas cooled by the breeze.

Venture into the neighbouring Gal Oya National Park on jeep safaris in search of wildlife, take to the lake by boat with a chance of seeing elephants swimming between the islands, explore the countryside on walks accompanied by a naturalist guide, picnic one sandy banks of a river or meet the aboriginal people of Sri Lanka, the Veddas, on unique cultural experiences.


Nine exquisite bungalows with private verandas

Enjoy a choice of Sri Lankan and Western dishes at the restaurant

Dip your toes into the tranquil swimming pool area

Experience Sri Lanka's wildlife on a boat safari in Gal Oya National Park

Explore the forest on one of the many walking trails

The impact of your stay:

  • A mission-based company making a transformative impact on Eastern Sri Lanka. Located in a region of immense ecological significance, the lodge plays a vital role in conservation efforts, putting this part of the country on the map. Beyond economic benefits, the lodge provides essential employment, actively engaging in the community and even hiring three former poachers who now contribute as a night guard, driver, and trainee guide.
  • Sitting near one of the last Veddha communities in Sri Lanka, the lodge collaborates sensitively with the indigenous people, offering guests unique experiences to walk with the village chief through ancestral jungles. Profits are reinvested in community initiatives, such as building school toilets and providing school books, demonstrating how responsible tourism can contribute to the preservation and support of indigenous traditions and communities.
  • While buildings occupy only 2 hectares, the remaining land, once a farm, has been restored providing a secure haven for diverse wildlife. An additional hectare, earmarked as a potential wildlife corridor, is undergoing reforestation. The lodge prioritises responsible water management, rainwater harvesting, and efficient irrigation.
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