The lodge is altogether 11 thatch-roofed bungalows, two of which make up a joined ‘villa’.
In minimalist, jungle chic style, the rooms are laid out as little suites with sitting areas leading into high-ceilinged bedrooms. Those in turn open to spacious open-air bathrooms.
Sri Lankan culture and tradition are the inspirational elements at the heart of Gal Oya Lodge. The bungalows draw their character from rural Sri Lankan villages, created using local techniques, tried and tested over time. Tables and chairs are handmade by the local village craftsmen using teak and mara wood, applying traditional skills passed down from generation to generation.
Each cottage is discreetly tucked away so none overlook each other.
Gal Oya offers some of the most beautiful safari experience on the island. Boat safaris can be taken in the early morning or late afternoon with the possibility of seeing good numbers of elephant, crocodile and wonderful birdlife.
Jeep safaris through the jungle offer a different perspective. Though rare, leopard sightings aren’t unheard of.
The lodge sits in its own 20 acres but is surrounded by almost nothing but wild jungle. Well-trained naturalists lead guided walks, tailored as appropriate. The more energetic should climb Monkey Mountain – though making an early start to avoid the mid-day heat.