THINGS TO DO IN Galle

  • Galle Fort
  • Old Town of Galle and its Fortifications
  • Lunuganga
  • Martin Wickramasinghe Museum
  • Dutch Reformed Church
  • Sinharaja Forest Reserve
  • Turtle Hutchery
  • Jungle Beach
  • Seenigama Muhudu Viharaya
  • All Saints Anglican Church
  • Mihiripenna Beach
  • Galle Fort Lighthouse
  • Meera Mosque
  • Maritime Archeology Museum
  • Clock Tower
  • Dutch Government House
  • Coral Sanctuary
  • Kataluva Purvarama Maha Viharaya
  • Kanneliya Rain Forest Reserve
  • Moonstone Mines
  • Kottawa Conservation Forest
  • Lagoon Herbal Garden
  • Kodigala Ancient Temple
  • Maha Modara Kovila Godella
  • Yakkala Mulla Swimming Pool
  • Wakwella Birds Island
  • Kanneliya Forest Reserve
  • Rumassala Corals
  • Yatalawatte Well Palama
  • Brief Garden - Bevis Bawa
  • Rumasalla Mountain
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Whale watching

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.