Sri Lanka

A remote and thickly forested piece of land is home to eight-bungalow Gal Oya

Inside one of the bungalows at Gal Oya Lodge, Sri Lanka
Inside one of the bungalows at Gal Oya Lodge, Sri Lanka | Image: Gal Oya Lodge

In Sri Lanka, Sangjay Choegyal (former general manager of Amankora in Punakha, Bhutan) and Tim Edwards (son of Jim Edwards, founder of the original Himalayan travel company, Tiger Tops) have gone “lowland”, joining forces with architect John Balmond to build a wildlife lodgeclose to Gal Oya National Park. The eight bungalows at Gal Oya Lodge (www.galoyalodge.com) are simply designed, occupying a thickly forested, remote piece of land, with Vedda tribes (the local aboriginal hunter-gatherers) as neighbours and wild elephants as visitors. A seven-night stay costs from £700 per person based on two sharing (including transfers within Sri Lanka, but not international flights), through Sally and Alice (www.sallyandalice.com).   

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