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Gal Oya National Park - The Crossing

#2 of 8 things to do in Ampara Features Animals
Inginiyagala, Ampara, Sri Lanka
+94 63 2 242002
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Gal oya is located in Ampara district. boat safari will be the ideal to witness the animals... read more

Reviewed 7 July 2017
Colombo, Sri Lanka
The lake area is nice

The park is still very unspoiled, which makes it not easier to spot wildlife. The animals are more... read more

Reviewed 24 March 2017
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Reviewed 7 July 2017

Gal oya is located in Ampara district. boat safari will be the ideal to witness the animals (elephants, birds, crocodiles etc.....)

Thank faarazri
Reviewed 24 March 2017

The park is still very unspoiled, which makes it not easier to spot wildlife. The animals are more shy then f.e. in Yala but also have less tourists. We enjoyed the boat safari the most.

Thank wiltwest
Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

So beautiful place, but less facilities. We entered through Nilgala entrance & traveled to Makara area which is Galoya reach the Senanayake reservoir. In that river disappear & flow under the big rocks which amazing. Before Makara area safe to have a bath but careful...More

1  Thank Sudesh I
Reviewed 12 February 2017 via mobile

We arrived in time for a delicious chicken salad lunch and then off for a lake safari. The lake is the biggest in Sri Lanka and was rather further away than I had imagined. Our naturalist guide, Arun, was superb, very knowledgable and informative. We...More

Thank Oliver V
Reviewed 10 December 2016

While staying in the area we went into the park both by boat and jeep. The boats are run by the park authority and the outboards tend towards the temperamental. When we went we had to double up in one boat as it was the...More

Thank imacbeth
Reviewed 10 December 2016

Gal Oya is a little visited park with no big hotels and companies offering jeep or boat safaris. As such you can find yourselves as the only people in the park in contrast to the circus that is Yala. Dont expect to see leopards as...More

Thank Wycoller01
Reviewed 26 September 2016 via mobile

Great place for camping.this camping site is right next to senanayaka samudraya.which is the 2nd biggest lake in Sri Lanka.if you are lucky enough you will be able to see elephants coming to bath in the evening.if you are planning to go for a camping...More

Thank Nadishka K
Reviewed 8 September 2016

the park is beautiful but do not go here with the expectation of seeing much or any large game. There are lots of birds but dueto the size of the park and only one road going through and the park having mostly dense forest your...More

Thank howard0928
Reviewed 4 August 2016 via mobile

We did camping few years ago in Gal Oya National park. That was still the best camping experience in my life. You need to reserve the camping site and boat ride in advance form Department of Wildlife office in Gal oya. You can see lot...More

Thank Prasad T
Reviewed 20 July 2016

There is a reservoir (Inginiyagala reservoir AKA Senanayaka Samudraya) in the middle of the National Park. Gal Oya National Park is most famous for swimming elephants and it is the only national park offering you the precious experience of Boat Safari in Sri Lanka.. There...More

4  Thank Amila Dananjaya D
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Chris I
10 June 2017|
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Response from wiltwest | Reviewed this property |
We stayed at the Gal Oya Lodge which has been very nice. The bungalows are nicely arranged so you can't see your neighbour. The food was excellent.The staff is really friendly and with a great knowledge about the wildlife... More
5 March 2015|
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Response from TravelerRanitha | Reviewed this property |
Hi , I went their last February at that time it was Rs.7800/- for the boat ride up to "Makare" where water flows to the lake Ranitha
10 February 2015|
Response from TravelerRanitha | Reviewed this property |
Hi Near the National park its bit hard to find….. as you said u can get lodging in ampara, only boat operator in gal oya park is the government operated one , as for the jeep safari their are private tour operators, you can... More