Gal Oya National Park can be reached from Colombo via Ratnapura, Moneragala and then north from Siyambalanduwa to Inginiyagala. The park entrance is 20 km west from Ampara at Inginiyagala. Inginiyagala offers the tourists the opportunity of a boat trip around the great Senanayake Samudra reservoir.
Considered as a major eco-tourism venue, the national park is rich in flora and fauna. About 45% of the park is covered by thick forest and a further 33% is covered by grassland areas. The 25,900 hectare park has about 32 species of mammals including monkeys , leopards, bear, elephants, wild boar, water buffalos and deer.
The best time to visit the Gal Oya National Park is between March and July. Boat safaris are popular because they do not disturb creatures in the forest as well as being a convenient way of observing birdlife. Jeep safaris are also popular. There is no accommodation within the Park although there are bungalows and guesthouses close to its borders.
The vegetation of the national park is of three types: forest, shrub and grassland. About 45% of the park is covered by a thick forest and a further 33% national park contains an area of grasslands and 9% mountainous grasslands, 2% Chena and 10% water bodies. The park is home to rare plants used as herbal medicine.
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