Established in 1954 by the Gal Oya Development Board, Gal Oya National park is located 314 km away from Colombo in Inginiyagala district. The park covers an area of 25,900 hectare surrounded by ?Senanayake Samudra?. The park is treated as one of the major echo tourism destination.
The park is rich with flora and fauna. About 45% of the parks covered with the forest where about 33% is covered with savanna. About 32 species of mammals and 150 species of birds are home to this park. Among them elephants, wild boar, leopard, water buffalo, sloth bear are common.
Best time to visit Gal Oya National Park is between Marc and July. The park is popular for Elephant watching and about 150 elephants live here.
Anyone can enjoy the beauty of Gal Oya National park by either Boat or Jeep safaris. The boat safari is worthwhile and interesting as the reservoir has many small islands and it does not disturb the animals, you can have a closer look of the wild life. If you are doing a boat safari you will come across the ?Bird Island? which is full with bird species. The jeep safaris consist of tow tracks (one 5 km and other about 13 km). It is ideal for elephant, leopard watching and photographing.
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