Gal Oya Valley National Park - Things to Know Before Visiting
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About Gal Oya Valley National Park
Gal Oya National Park, established in 1954 serves as the main catchment area to collecting water for Senanayake Samudraya, the largest lake in Sri Lanka. An important feature of the Gal Oya National Park is its elephant herd that can be seen throughout the year.
Attractions Near Gal Oya Valley National Park
The waterfall is located about 5 km from Badulla in Uva Province, Sri Lanka. It is 64 meters high. The waterfall is formed in the Badulu Oya Revier.
It is known locally as Arugam Kudah, a bay situated on the Indian Ocean, and a historic village of the ancient Batticaloa Territory. The bay is located 117 km south from Batticaloa. Arugam Kudah translation to Tamil is the Bay of Cynodon dactylon(Bermuda Grass). Arugam Bay attracts tourists through surf tourism, thanks to several quality local beaches, lagoons, historic temples, and the nearby Kumana National Park.
It is also called the bridge in the sky, a viaduct bridge near the small town of Ella. It is one of the examples of colonial-era railway structures in the country. The bridge's construction is generally attributed to a local Ceylonese builder, P. K. Appuhami, in consultation with British engineers.
It is located in Ella and has its name from the Holy Mountain "Adam's Peak" because of the similarity in the shape. To go there, you need to travel to Ella, a gorgeous small town and hike through gorgeous tea plantations.
Around 8km from Ella town and 50 minutes walking, you will reach this rock, 1,041 meters above the sea. It is a great destination for hiking and discovering beautiful scenaries in the way.
Ravana Falls is famous waterfall in Sri Lanka. It is one of the widest falls in the country and the waterfall is about 25 m in height. It falls from part of the Ravana Ella Wildlife Sanctuary, located 6 km away from the local railway station at Ella. According to the Indian epic, the Ramayana, it is said that Ravana (who was the king of Sri Lanka at the time) had kidnapped princess Sita, and hid her in the caves behind this waterfall.
Where is Gal Oya Valley National Park
Discover More Attractions in Eastern Province, Where Gal Oya Valley National Park Is Located
The Eastern Province is the second largest province in Sri Lanka, and its capital is Trincomalee, located on the east side of the region. The province covers most of the coastline on the east coast, and its area is 9,996 km2 which is 15.2% of the Sri Lankan landmass. Its major cities are Kalmunai, Trincomalee, Batticaloa, Kattankudy, Eravur, and Ampara, with a population of 1,551,381 in 2012. And, it is the most diverse province ethnically and religiously in the country.