Gal Oya National Park is a secluded wildlife paradise and has some of the most beautiful landscapes in Sri Lanka. However, due to its location in the middle-eastern part of the Island, it has remained almost entirely undeveloped. Gal Oya national Park is roughly a three-hour drive east of Kandy and a 2 hour drive north of Arugam Bay. Alternatively, two new airports have opened nearby making it much easier to fly there. Forty-five percent of Gal Oya is evergreen forest and 33% is savanna area; wildlife thrives in this environment and there are 32 species of mammal including elephants, wild boar, leopards, sloth bears as well as 100s of bird species. Gal Oya National Park is best known for its boat safaris, which we highly recommend, on which you can spot swimming elephants from island to island within the largest artificial lake in Sri Lanka… an unforgettable experience!
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I can't think of anything that excites a greater sense of childlike wonder than to be in a country where you are ignorant of almost everything.Bill Bryson