Gal Oya National Park

Gal Oya National Park

Gal Oya National Park

Destination: Gal Oya
Distance to CMB: 200 km / 5 h.
Distance to airport: 230 km / 5h.

Gal Oya

Description

GAL OYA NATIONAL PARK lies in the southeast of Sri Lanka and to the west of Ampara. It was established in 1954 by the Gal Oya Development Board mainly to protect the catchment area of the ‘Senanayake Samudra' Reservoir, and then handed over to the department of Wildlife Conservation in 1965.

Considered as a major eco tourism venue, the national park is rich in flora and fauna. About 45% of the park is covered by evergreen forest and a further 33% is taken up by savanna areas. The 25,900 hectare park has about 32 species of mammals including common langur, endemic toque macaque, leopard, sloth bear, elephant, wild boar, water buffalo and 3 species of deer. For birding enthusiasts, approximately 150 of Sri Lanka 's 430 species of birds have been observed in this region.

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