Gal Oya National park

Gal Oya national park is the only national park in Sri Lanka how can do safari by boat. Visitors can enjoy the beauty of Gal Oya by either by boat or jeep safaris. Gal Oya National Park, the most untouched of all of Sri Lanka’s National Parks. It encompasses the country’s largest inland body of water, the Senanayake Samudraya Lake. Gal oya national park lies in the southeast of Sri Lanka and to the west of Ampara. Park was established in a 1954 under Gal oya development project by damming the gal oya at Inginiyagala in1950.

Gal Oya boat safaris give a unique and special perspective whilst watching animals as they come to the water edge to drink water. The 25,900 hectare park has about 32 species of mammals including common languor, endemic toque macaque, leopard, sloth bear, elephant, wild boar, water buffalo and three species of deer’s. Asian elephant can be seen throughout the year. You can see beautiful small islands speeded over the area. Often you may see these Elephants grazing happily and freely without any intrusions. They swim from island to island as they wish in search of greener pasture. You may even, during the safari, see the wonder of these mammoths swimming in the lake heading towards an island.

While doing this safari you will come across the Bird Island, which is full with bird species. For birding enthusiasts, approximately 150 of Sri Lanka’s 430 species of birds have been observed in this region. Especially Birds Island and some of island are 'infested' with birds. A great many varieties of birds in their entire splendor swarm these islands. You can step on to this Bird Island and walk through the forest up to the outcrop. From here, you can see so many birds' nests: some with eggs and some even with fledglings who are unable to fly away even when they spot you. If you are interesting for jeep safari we can offer. At present there are jeep track.

Nearest National park you can visit Dighavapi Stupa. Thousands of visitorspilgrims annually. The stupa was built in the 2nd century BC on the site where Buddha is supposed to have meditated on his third visit to Sri Lanka. Danigala has a historic importance as it was the home to the Henebadde Veddas. A rock near the Henebedde cave contains Brahmin inscriptions.

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