Gal Oya National Park

by Julia Laporte May. 03, 2019 385 views

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.

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Greg Blaney 1 year, 11 months ago

Incredible shots Julia. Such a rare treat to see wild elephants. I agree that #28 is my favourite but I also like the lizard shots and the drama in the clouds in #19. Thanks for sharing these with us.

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Varsha Arun 1 year, 11 months ago

Hi, these are great! I hope there is peace in Sri Lanka once again...amazing to see how much diversity there is in such a small country. #14 is my favourite!

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Julia Laporte Replied to Varsha Arun 1 year, 11 months ago

Thank you, Varsha. Yes, I really hope the turmoil will be short lived so the people and country can prosper once again.

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Natascha Gutterswijk 1 year, 11 months ago

Beautiful again! And my favourite the Pelican!

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Julia Laporte Replied to Natascha Gutterswijk 1 year, 11 months ago

Had to think of you! smile

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