Gal Oya Lodge

Ampara, Sri Lanka


A haven of serenity and a centre for adventure, Gal Oya Lodge sits in an untouched corner of this ancient land’s dense jungle. This unique forest-dwelling offers a tranquil escape into Sri Lanka’s pristine wilderness, immersing you in local culture and awe-inspiring scenery with a range of exclusive excursions designed to awaken the senses and reconnect you with nature’s glory.

Key Features

  • Nine spacious bungalows and a family villa
  • 20 acres of private jungle
  • Cooking courses
  • Restaurant and bar
  • Swimming pool
  • Variety of tailor made experiences including boat and jeep safaris, hiking with indigenous Vedda tribe, conservation work and bicycle tours


In perfect harmony with nature, traditional bungalows blend seamlessly with their surroundings, featuring high wooden beams and palm frond ceilings to create a cosy yet natural space. Cool concrete floors are adorned with locally made textiles while tall timber posts frame comfortable king-size beds. Safari-style curtains draw back to reveal floor to ceiling glass doors framing spectacular views of the untouched wilderness beyond. The rustic dining room is furnished with handmade tables and chairs, crafted by local tradesmen from golden teak and smooth mara wood, using age-old skills passed down through generations. Relax under the palm frond roof and indulge in delicious national dishes alongside familiar western favourites.

Gal Ola National Park

Gal Oya National Park is home to the country’s largest body inland body of water, resulting in abundant wildlife and luscious vegetation. Birds flock to this tranquil oasis in their thousands, while herds of majestic elephants roam the surrounding forest. Venture through dense jungle and across lush plains in search of Sri Lanka’s iconic gentle giants, at ease in the peace of their natural habitat. Alternatively, take to the island’s winding roads on two wheels and explore the National Park on a guided bicycle tour – a truly unique way to experience this magnificent landscape.


The eco-lodge is built using sustainable and local materials and standard practices at the lodge include recycling and energy and water conservation. On top of this, the restaurant uses locally sourced produce and food grown on site.

There is wildlife training and a research facility to work in conjunction with local conservation organisations in an effort to protect native species. The lodge also offers research and conservation activities for guests to take part in.

Why we love it

Delight in an exclusive encounter with your nocturnal neighbours and embark upon a jungle night walk, led by one of the resident expert naturalists. Meet torchlit eyes from the depths of the jungle as you venture through this moonlight wilderness, spotting an abundance of unique wildlife, while unpolluted skies reveal infinite stars above you.

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