Nestled in the south eastern region of the country, Gal Oya National Park was a surprising change in vegetation and scenery compared to the rest of Sri Lanka.
Firstly, it is the only area in the country which hosts a native savannah, with grasslands and spaced out trees, in addition to other sections dominated by rock formations as well as dense and lush jungle.
Secondly, it contains Sri Lanka’s largest man made water reservoir, which allows for splendid views and a different type of accessibility to wildlife. It creates a vast space with many layers of rolling hills visible in the distance, reminiscent of rock formations in northern Vietnam.
Not only is the landscape stunning, the wildlife is a big draw for animal lovers with many different species of birds, reptiles and mammals including my favourite, the Asiatic elephant. We were even lucky enough to see a heard of around eighteen elephants from a distance as the afternoon light was fading.
I also had a lot of fun trying to capture the many species of lizards that often are so incredibly well camouflaged.
And last but not least one of my favourite shots, the herd of elephants we saw in the distance in the fading light, which renders best in BW.