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Gal Oya Lodge
Gal Oya National Park

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Gal Oya Lodge is one of Ampersand's Top 10 Eco Retreats.

Just outside the remote and almost forgotten Gal Oya National Park lies the charming Gal Oya Lodge. Launched in August 2014, it is the first property to open in this region in the south-eastern interior of the island. It is roughly a three hour drive east of Kandy and 2 hours north of Arugam Bay.

Its nine spacious one bedroom bungalows and one two bedroom villa, eco-luxe in style, are each carefully placed with their own private views, so guests feel like they are alone in the wild. Villas have been skilfully and beautifully designed with wooden panels and glass, and each has an outdoor bathroom. They are simple but stylish, with luxurious touches: soft white towels, extremely comfortable beds and crisp white sheets. They feature charming design elements, such as elephant-shaped hand-carved taps and beautiful old Sri Lankan rice cleaning bowls which have been turned into sinks. There is no A/C, but you do not need it with the highly effective ceiling fans.

The lodge is set in an outstanding location near to Sri Lanka’s largest lake – Gal Oya National Park is a paradise for wildlife and bird-lovers, and a stunning spot for boat safari trips where you can spot swimming elephants! You can also enjoy jungle drives, mountain biking, nature walks or just relax by the pool and soak up the beautiful views.

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