Trendy Galle awaits: its sailing, library, spas, and more!

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.

Known for

Sailing, Libraries and Relaxing

Top Hotels in Galle

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Le Grand Galle by Asia Leisure
5 out of 5
No 30 Park Road, Kaluwalla, Galle, Galle District
$150/night
Sep 23 - Sep 24
4.7/5Exceptional! (48 reviews)

Located in the heart of Galle, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of St. Aloysius College, Galle Fort, and Dutch Reformed Church. National Maritime ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (48 reviews)

"Amzing Property.. Staff were just wow.. Loved the hotel and will go back for sure.."…"

Reviewed on Aug 17, 2019

Le Grand Galle by Asia Leisure
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Amari Galle
5 out of 5
523C Galle Road, Ginthota, Galle
$120/night
Sep 1 - Sep 2
4.3/5Excellent! (121 reviews)

Located in Galle, this beachfront hotel is in the historical district and within 3 mi (5 km) of Galle International Cricket Stadium, Galle Fort, and Galle National ...

4.3/5Excellent! (121 reviews)

"I went to Amari with my husband for our anniversary we had great time there the staff were really nice and professional this place is like a piece of heaven! Special thanks to the assistant manager Darshy and dashank they took a good care of us will recommend this wonderful place for all , and of ..."…"

Reviewed on Aug 7, 2019

Amari Galle
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Jetwing Lighthouse
5 out of 5
433 A, Dadella, Galle
$159/night
Sep 2 - Sep 3
4.3/5Excellent! (98 reviews)

Nestled on the beach, this Galle hotel is 0.3 mi (0.4 km) from Sea Turtle Hatchery Mahamodara and 1.8 mi (2.9 km) from Galle Fort. St. Aloysius College and Galle ...

4.3/5Excellent! (98 reviews)

"Quiet and relaxing with great swimming pools. The rooms were large with balconies looking out over the sea"…"

Reviewed on Apr 25, 2019

Jetwing Lighthouse

Top activities in Galle

Southern Sri Lanka sightseeing private tour
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Southern Sri Lanka sightseeing private tour

$55

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.

Private Full-Day Excursion to Galle & South Coast
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Private Full-Day Excursion to Galle & South Coast

$70

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.

Private Overnight Luxury Leopard Safari - Yala National Park
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Private Overnight Luxury Leopard Safari - Yala National Park

$425

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.

Galle Day Trip: an Exotic Escape!
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Galle Day Trip: an Exotic Escape!

$30

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.

Galle City Tour & Balapitiya River Safari with Lunch
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Galle City Tour & Balapitiya River Safari with Lunch

$46

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.

Yala National Park Safari from Galle & Weligama
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Yala National Park Safari from Galle & Weligama

$190

“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.