Gal Oya National Park
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About Gal Oya National Park
Situated in Inginiyagala the Gal Oya National Park is around 20km west from Ampara. The park which was established in 1954 serves as the main catchment area for Senanayake Samudraya, the largest reservoir in Sri Lanka. The simple appearance of Gal Oya Park is boxed with a variety of animals and rich in flora and fauna.
Hosting these unique beings are several tiny islands which are scattered across the reservoir. These islands can be accessed by boat. These islands host a variety of birds, one of them being Lanka's largest bird, the Lesser Adjutant. It's been said that there are up to 150 of Sri Lanka's 430 recorded bird species in these islands. You can take a peek at ‘Bird’s island’ which is said to be constantly packed with birds going about their business. Apart from this, the 25,900-hectare park is supposed to house about 32 species of mammals which include the common langur, the endemic toque macaque, leopards, sloth bears, elephants, wild boar, water buffalo and more.
What can you see?
- Take a Boat Safari and experience the reservoir from a different point of view.
- The large elephant population of the park are an attraction themselves. These large animals trudge around the park and even take a swim from island to island.
- You can also explore the evergreen forest by taking the jeep safari.
- The Buddhangala Sanctuary, which is a protected area, consists the ruins of a Stupa and other buildings which date back to the 2nd Century BC. It is believed that Lord Buddha visited the sanctuary.
The Jeep safaris consist of two tracks of 5km and 13 km and the Best time to visit Gal Oya National Park is from March to July.