We know that everyone is different. Some like to relax by the pool, potter around our 20-acre private forest, and just bask in the atmosphere. Others want to explore nature, and there are those that enjoy immersing themselves in local culture.


At Gal Oya Lodge we strive to craft individual and personalised experiences. Come, let us share them with you. For more information, please download the activities pdf below. 


At Gal Oya Lodge, we have created unique, guided experiences that re-imagine the traditional Sri Lanka safari idea. With one of our expert naturalists, take a boat safari on Sri Lanka’s largest lake and discover wildlife from a whole new perspective. You may be lucky enough to see the elephants swimming between islands or bathing at the lake’s edge. Birdlife is exceptional on the lake, and migratory birds swell their ranks during the months of December to April.


We also offer jeep safaris, bicycle tours, bird walks, a jungle cooking course and mountain treks.

Lodge at night


You may not be familiar with the word Vedda, but it’s an ancient word evocative with Sri Lanka culture and tradition. The Vedda are the forest-dwelling, indigenous people of central Sri Lanka. They have inhabited the island for hundreds of years, living off the land and being at one with nature. Our Gal Oya Lodge neighbours are one of the last remaining communities of the Vedda people. We can invite the village chief to take you on a walk through the jungles of his ancestors. The forest comes alive as he explains his tribe’s use of medicinal plants, the location of their ancient hunting grounds and cave dwellings, as well as how hunter-gatherers sustained themselves in the ancient jungles of Gal Oya.