Immerse yourself in Sri Lanka’s rich history in the beautiful city of Galle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site on the southwestern tip of the island.
Galle is best explored on foot, and there’s so much to see. This historic trading port boasts ancient mosques, churches, mansions and impressive Dutch-colonial buildings. You can also pop into one of the local museums, to find out more about Galle’s fascinating spice-trading history. But the jewel in Galle’s crown has to be its Fort, a must-visit on any trip to this exotic, history-steeped city.
Step back in time as you wander the old Dutch quarter and lose yourself in the city’s atmospheric old lanes and alleyways. You’ll love the easy pace of life here, offering a chance to unwind in one of Sri Lanka’s quietest towns. But there’s more to Galle than its past. You’ll also uncover a thriving arts and culture scene, with many writers, artists, designers and photographers now calling the city home. Join them in one of Galle’s stylish cafes or boutique shops, before heading back for a well-earned rest in one of the city’s beautiful restored period hotels.
Another thing Galle is famous for is its seafood, unsurprisingly for a coastal city on an Indian Ocean island. You can get the freshest yellowfin tuna and delicious grilled calamari, or pick up some authentic Sri Lankan street food at the Galle Fort Market on a Sunday.
Venturing further afield, you’ll find the fabulous Unawatuna beach just outside of Galle. It has picture-postcard sunsets and idyllic, palm-tree dotted sands, but it’s also an excellent spot for surfing and whale watching trips.
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