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There’s certainly no shortage of exciting activities and attractions in Galle. From old walled towns to sun-kissed coastlines, holidays here can be as relaxing or action-packed as you want.
Galle is famous for its historic monuments, and the best way to delve into the city’s colonial past is with a walking tour. Wander around the robust ramparts of Galle Fort, which survived the 2004 tsunami, and admire the sweeping views across the city and sea. Visit monuments such as the Dutch Reformed Church and Dutch Government House, and spend some time browsing the quirky shops, art galleries and National Maritime Museum.
When you’ve covered the city’s main attractions, head up into the hills to explore Sri Lanka’s famous plantations. Visit Top House and be taken on a tour of the beautiful cinnamon estate, or opt for a tea picking experience - and yes, you’ll get to try some of the exotic varieties on offer.
Galle is also a wildlife-lover’s paradise. Visit a turtle conservatory and learn about the different species that can be found nesting along the coastline, including the Green Turtle, Leatherback, Hawksbill, Loggerhead and the Olive Ridley. For something more adventurous, why not embark on a deep-sea adventure? See some of the magnificent marine life that lives in Sri Lanka’s tropical waters, including playful dolphins and the largest animal in the world - the majestic blue whale.
To really make your trip your own, you can add an Experience Pack. For example, if you want to explore a working cinnamon estate, simply select our ‘Foodie’ pack. If you want to find out more about what you can get up to in Galle, head over to our itinerary builder.
It was originally built by the Portuguese in 1588 and revamped later by the Dutch, and the European influences are still very much visible today. As you stroll along the quaint streets of the walled old town, you can’t help but notice the slightly jarring fusion of colonial architecture and Asian culture - think Dutch-style villas and imposing mosques.Discover more
Anyone who's spent time in Galle will tell you there’s one landmark you absolutely must see. Standing guard over the city, Galle Lighthouse enjoys a prime location on the seafront ramparts of the UNESCO World Heritage fort. Framed by swaying palm trees, the dazzling white structure offers uninterrupted views of the bay and is a popular place to watch the sunset. If you’re looking for somewhere to take some envy-inducing holiday snaps, this is the place to go.Discover more
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