From

$210/n

Discover Sri Lanka’s forgotten National Park, Gal Oya. With the country’s largest lake, the wildlife is best seen from a boat safari, especially the swimming elephants.

Gal Oya Lodge specialises in high-end, environmentally responsible tourism.

The nine-room wildlife lodge is constructed from natural materials that have all been locally sourced. Spread across 20 acres of private forest, it’s the ideal place to get back to nature. Gal Oya Lodge has a restaurant, bar and swimming pool, beautifully set by a backdrop of the low lying mountains.

All the tables and chairs have been made hand by the local village craftsmen. The wood used is teak and mara. The polished cement floors and the high illux roofs provide a natural cool environment where you enjoy your meals and drinks from the a -la carte menu.

The swimming pool is the perfect place to refresh and feel at peace with the surrounding jungle.

Eight spacious bungalows are nestled in the forest canopy, each one specially placed to take advantage of the spectacular views. Each bungalow is 800 sqft consisting of a private living room which joins onto a spacious bedrooms with a king sized bed. Both rooms feature spectacular floor to ceiling glass windows and doors which open onto a private veranda. To top it off, each bungalow has a large en-suite bathroom with his and her sinks and both indoor and outdoor showers.

There is also a two bedroom villa perched at the highest point of Gal Oya Lodge, which has the most breath taking views. Connecting both bedrooms is a spacious 680 sqft open plan living room which is the perfect spot to read and do nothing while enjoying the sound of nature all around you. Each bedroom has a wraparound veranda with wide views over the canopy to catch both sunrise and sunset. Each room can be booked individually, but are best enjoyed together with friends or family.

Enjoy a jeep safari through the jungle to the mighty Nigala river which famously flows under a huge boulder field. A picnic can be arranged along the sandy banks.

You can also go for boat safari on the beautiful lake where you can spot many wild animals and many many beautiful birds.

Meet the aboriginal people of Sri Lanka – the Veddas. Private gatherings can be arranged. Or take a walk through the breath taking countryside with one of our naturalist guides.

If you prefer something closer to home, pick chillies from the organic farm or just simply relax in the swimming pool…