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Reviewed 3 May 2016

I stayed at the Gal Oya Lodge last weekend and I have to say I had an incredible stay! The room was beautiful and clean and the service was fantastic. I highly recommend to any and all travelers coming to Sri Lanka!

Date of stay: April 2016
  • Trip type: Travelled solo
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1  Thank Heyhey12
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Reviewed 21 April 2016

I spent three nights at Gal Oya Lodge in March this year and had a magical time. The lodge with its 9 bungalow rooms is beautifully designed and comfortable and above all very private. The rooms are extremely spacious ( you could fit a family with two small children easily in one room) and the outdoor bathrooms are fabulous. It has to be said however that anyone looking for 5 star city hotel amenities will have come to the wrong place. There are no air conditioned rooms, no TV, no minibar etc. The luxury here is all about experiencing lovely untouched wilderness as it is . The service at the Lodge was perfect and we had some of the best food of our whole holiday. We went on a jeep safari and a boat safari during our stay and were accompanied by a great and knowledgeable naturalist guide. While the wildlife we saw might not have been as plentiful as in other National Parks in Sri Lanka this was more than made up for by the fact that we were the only visitors in the park and the scenery including the river and lake is spectacular. My favourite excursion was probably the walk with the Veddah Chief who took us back in time and explained us the way of life his ancestors ( and himself) lead , living in caves as hunter gatherers! Amazing! I will definitely be back.

Date of stay: March 2016
  • Trip type: Travelled with friends
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2  Thank BREdwards73
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Reviewed 20 April 2016

Excellent lodge to stay in away from the tourist trail of Yala etc.

Lodge beautiful and very well managed and staffed. Beautiful pool.

Accommodation is based around very large suites and separated by good distances so you do not overlook anyone.

Food superb, very good Sri Lankan food.

safari trip out to the dam - very pretty and fun to have breakfast on a small island - many birds and hopefully find of swimming elephants.

Jeep safari into park - again very good we were lucky to see a herd of approximately 15 elephants and some solo ones - there are no guarantees here so enjoy the park - we were the only vehicle that day.

A superb place

Room tip: Some rooms are further away from lodge up a minor hill on unmade path so if mobility an issue pre order a room closer to the lodge
Date of stay: April 2016
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Thank Daveb412
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Reviewed 18 April 2016

Gal Oya lodge is a very quiet and tranquil place.

The food was tasty, the menu was a bit limited but I guess this helps to make each dish good rather than having a lot to offer and poor quality. However it may have been nice if there were two menus that were alternated each day or something like that. A must try is the Gal Oya speciality if pol rotti and eggs for breakfast.

Some of the rooms were a little bit of a walk away from the main lounge hut but they were immaculately maintained. Given that the bathrooms are open to the elements I would have expected them to be difficult to maintain, which is what I have experienced in other lodges but here the rooms and bathrooms were both very clean, tidy and comfortable! Although phones don't fit into the environment it would have been nice to have some kind of communication to the main hut, you had no way to order anything to the room unless you went to the lounge hut.

As far as activities go there were a few different things like the boat ride and hike which we enjoyed. The hike was quite a challenge (strenuous) but an very rewarding experience if you are able to push yourself. The view from the top was stunning just after sunrise!

I would also recommend asking to meet Georgie, the resident dog. He stays out of your way and was barely around, I had to specifically request to meet him but he had a pretty busy schedule so we only got an hour with him on one day :) Very cute!

Date of stay: March 2016
  • Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Thank Hamer25
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Reviewed 10 April 2016

With only 8 thatched lodges, and being quite remote, Gal Oya LOdge is beautifully peaceful. The mountain views around the pool and everything about the setting is relaxing. We also visited Uda Wadalawe and Yala National Parks during our holiday, and whilst Gal Oya didn't have the most wildlife, it was the most peaceful so a real chance to enjoy surroundings.
A highlight - of our whole trip - was the early morning (around 6 am) boat safari on the lake, with a delicious breakfast served for the two of us on a little island. The boat had a canopy that was lifted to shield us from the sun as it heated up and we saw eagles, herons, bee-eaters and so much other birdlife, lovely.
We also went on an afternoon jeep safari - again with a great guide and expert spotter driver - more birds, deer and elephant too.
The lodge / bungalow was beautiful - like another reviewer I loved the elephant taps!. The shower-room is part open air - we had a resident bat but he was shy so we didn't get a proper look at him. We visited over a full moon and the shower-room lit by moonlight was quite stunning.
The food was delicious - breakfast included home-made granola and the smoothest curd & treacle. Lunches & dinners all excellent too, with good choice - and for each you are asked to pre-select a few hours ahead to save on waste, a great idea.
Staying at Gal Oya - the lodge and the National Park - reminded us of Broken River in Eungella National Park in Australia, the two places share beautiful landscapes, tranquillity & wildlife.

Date of stay: March 2016
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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