Safari by Boat in Gal Oya National Park
In Sri Lanka’s eastern region lies Gal Oya National Park, a stunning mountainous wilderness that is also home to the iconic Gal Oya Dam, the largest reservoir in the country. This vast body of water is a spectacular feature of the region and yet it still remains off the radar as a tourist attraction, despite its captivating beauty.
Now imagine that you’re off on safari with us to this amazing destination. The day starts before dawn with a soft knock at the wooden door of your lodge. Taking in the crisp morning air, you get ready and jump into our Mahindra jeep for the ride to the reservoir and Gal Oya National Park. As you arrive the sun is already starting to bathe the tops of the surrounding mountains in an orange glow.
It’s now time to take to the water for this unique safari by boat! Forget about eating dust; the grinding gears and whining engine of the jeep, on this safari we take you gliding over the glassy waters of the lake to spot wildlife from the safety of your boat. Gal Oya is known for its elephant herds that can be seen throughout the year, so keep your eyes peeled. Crocodiles can also be spotted lazing along the banks and sliding silently into the water. And all around are the sounds of the echoing forest, home to exotic birds, monkeys and other curious creatures.
The tranquillity of this place is so captivating you enter an almost Zen-like state. It’s an experience you won’t forget on your trip to Sri Lanka – one you’ll be telling your friends about for years to come. And just when you think it couldn’t get any better, we glide effortlessly to the shore for a dawn breakfast atop a rocky perch overlooking the lake. It should also be said that while we were exploring Gal Oya for this very tour, we didn’t see a soul. But don’t take our word for it, come and see it for yourself, before word gets out!