Spend your days admiring the centuries-old landmarks, poking around artsy boutiques and getting blissed out at tropical beaches in Galle. Biblical legend states that from this coastal town King Solomon acquired gold, spices and other valuable commodities. Galle went on to become an important Asian seaport before passing through the hands of Portuguese, Dutch and British colonists. Today, an air of the colonial years still permeates the town’s sleepy streets.
Start your tour in Galle Fort, the Dutch-built walled Old Town and a UNESCO World Heritage Site on the town’s peninsula. Stroll around the ramparts, where locals gather to chat, fly kites, play cricket and watch the sunset. Visit major landmarks such as Galle Lighthouse, the 17th-century Dutch Reformed Church and Flagrock Bastion.
Find art galleries, cafés, quirky boutiques and hotels housed in the old buildings. Don’t miss the collection of shops set in the arcaded Old Dutch Hospital. Delve into maritime and trading history at the Galle National Museum and National Maritime Museum. Browse a diverse collection of antiques, such as ceramics, typewriters and kitchen utensils, at the Historical Mansion Museum.
Go for a stroll along the waterfront Marine Walk, which leads north around the bay from the Galle Fort. Watch teams of fishermen haul in the day’s catch on huge nets. Another popular town activity is to watch the Sri Lankan national cricket team play at Galle International Cricket Stadium.
Be sure to take advantage of Galle’s many beaches. Join the locals for a swim at Lighthouse Beach, located below Galle Fort. About 3 miles (5 kilometers) to the east is the beautiful palm-fringed Unawatuna Beach. Surf in rolling waves, snorkel with hundreds of tropical fish and dive at shipwrecks. Hike to the hilltop Japanese Peace Pagoda and then continue to the secluded Jungle Beach.
Galle is about a 2-hour drive south of Colombo. A great way to get here is via a picturesque coastal train journey from Colombo Fort station. Spring brings warm temperatures and dry days while May to September is the wet season.
Sailing, Libraries and Relaxing
Visit the best part of Sri Lanka’s South Coast and learn about Sri Lankan culture and nature from a knowledgeable guide along the way. You will be picked up from your hotel in Negombo, Colombo, Mount Lavinia, Kalutara, Bentota, Beruwela or Galle and then transfer to visit Dutch Fort of Galle.
Your guide picks you up and whisks you down the coast to Galle Fort, which stands tall above the shimmering sea. Learn how the fort was built by the Portuguese, conquered by the Dutch, and eventually reconstructed by the Archaeological Department of Sri Lanka.
Day 1 Enjoy a relaxing drive through the countryside to Yala National Park and check in at your luxurious campsite. Unwind with a delicious local lunch before an instructional briefing about everything you need to know about sleeping out in the wilderness.
Simply take a relaxing day trip to charming Galle, known for its tranquility, stunning colonial buildings, secluded beach and scenic nature! Sri Lankans love to start their day with their bellies filled.
Discover the diverse highlights in southern Sri Lanka with this full-day tour of significant historical, cultural, and natural sites. Gain a sense of colonial history in Galle, witness remarkable river wildlife, and walk through a mask museum—all deepening your awareness of this fascinating region.
“Tailor-made safari expedition that is designed to make you experience the spirit of Yala National Park. Our professional chauffeur guide will pick you up from the hotel and drive to the deep down south where your safari expedition begins.