Positioned on the edge of the relatively untouched and least explored national park in the heart of Sri Lanka, this unique safari lodge specialises in high-end, environmentally responsible tourism. Comprising 10 spacious bungalows within 20 acres of private jungle and grasslands, around a swimming pool and restaurant, every guest space has magnificent views. The numerous activities found here include: jeep safaris, bird walks, bike rides, and meeting the indigenous Vedda Tribe. The highlight activity is a boat safari on Sri Lanka’s biggest lake. Guests can expect to see a wide variety of wildlife, and for those who are really lucky the chance to see elephants swimming from island to island in search of the freshest grass.
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“Our vision was to create a unique wildlife lodge in the the most unspoilt part of Sri Lanka, concentrating on environmentally sustainable tourism. All building materials are natural and locally sourced with 80% of the staff coming from the surrounding villages. With our own research centre on site and community based programs we hope to give back to the park and the surrounding community as much as possible. We offer some of the most unique experiences found on the island, including the chance to see the swimming elephants of Gal Oya. Gal Oya Lodge is the only lodge surrounding the national park meaning guests pretty much have the park to themselves, a unique situation in Sri Lanka where many of the other parks are overcrowded.”
Welcome to National Parks
Home to the highest biodiversity in Asia, Sri Lanka’s National Parks provide the visitor with the opportunity to enjoy some of the richest varieties of flora and fauna in the world, from leopard safaris in Sri Lanka’s Yala National Park or Wilpattu National park to watching wild Sri Lankan elephants at Gal Oya National Park, the richness and diversity of Sri Lanka’s wildlife has to be seen to be believed. Sri Lanka’s 26 national parks cover nearly 6,000sqkm, that’s almost 9% the island’s total area set aside as a protected space for wildlife. And what incredible wildlife awaits you in Sri Lanka, they don’t come much bigger than Sri Lanka’s ‘Big Five’. The ‘Big Five’ of Sri Lanka are the Leopard, the Sri Lankan Elephant, the Sloth Bear, the Blue Whale and the Sperm Whale. But let’s not forget the smaller wildlife, much of which is endemic to Sri Lanka. The island is home to over 450 species of birds, 33 of which are endemic and one of the richest diversity of amphibians in the world with more than 140 species of which 109 are endemic to Sri Lanka (in fact Sri Lanka has one of the world’s highest rates of bio-endemism with 16% of the fauna and 23% of the flora unique to Sri Lanka). Is there a best national park in Sri Lanka to see all this incredible wildlife? Well, as you would expect the diversity of this wildlife is partly as a result of the diversity within Sri Lanka’s geography, creating as it does a wide variety of environments across the island from the dry zone in the north, the temperate highlands in the centre of the island and the wet zone in the south. A perfect reason to contact the Secret Retreats concierge and create a tour of Sri Lanka to fully enjoy the differing flora, fauna and landscapes across Sri Lanka’s national parks.
“Nestled in the Gal Oya National Park, this off the grid (no phone or WiFi service) 10-bungalow eco-lodge offers a unique digital detox amid nature experience.”
Kim, the discoverer.
GENERALTotal number of rooms: 10
Time zone: (GMT+05:30) Mumbai
Currency accepted: USD, EUR
Credit cards accepted: Visa, Mastercard
Electricity voltage: 230V
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ACCESSOff the main road Bibile-Inginiyagala, at the entrance of the Park.
Nearest Airport: Colombo International Airport (CMB) - 300 km
Nearest Airport: Batticaloa Airport (BTC) - 119 km
Nearest Station: Kandy - 147 km
CONTACTRathugala, Wellessa, Bibile - Uva Province 91500 , Sri Lanka