The beautiful bay of Galle, off the southwestern coast of the Island, had been a popular port of call and the main port of Sri Lanka, then Ceylon, for centuries. The rocky shelter provided ideal conditions for the Portuguese and subsequently the Dutch navigators who arrived at the Island.
The peninsular was further fortified by both the Portuguese and the Dutch resulting in the Galle Fort which boasts a unique blend of European architectural styles and Sri Lankan cultural and geological heritages. The Galle Fort along with the old Fort Town is now a much sought after attraction in the Southern Capital of Sri Lanka. The narrow streets lined with Dutch style houses, little coffee shops, jewellery shops, range of lodging options and most importantly the old Dutch ambiance, provide an interesting exploration. This coastal town is about 120 km from the Capital Colombo and the journey itself is through a picturesque coastal road or rail. Though the main attraction here is the Fort, you can also explore the lovely Unawatuna beach Bay. Surrounded by a coral reef, the ocean waters here are ideal for swimming and snorkeling.
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The Coral Sands Hikkaduwa is the perfect hotel for guests looking for an idyllic beach location. The hotel has a total of 82 spacious and modern rooms...
Era Beach by Jetwing in Galle is perfect if you are looking for an exclusive stay that harks back to the colonial times. The ambience and solitude the...
Just outside the Galle town centre is Jetwing Lighthouse, an iconic hotel designed by renowned architect Geoffrey Bawa. Here guests can enjoy warm Sri...