Leave your worries behind and enjoy the pristine beaches of Galle

Leave your worries behind and enjoy the pristine beaches of Galle

The beauty and simplicity of Galle will leave you spellbound

The beauty and simplicity of Galle will leave you spellbound

Galle Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Galle Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site

This is one vacation you'll never forget

This is one vacation you'll never forget

Destination Snapshot

  • Travel Style

  • Culture Vultures
  • Adventure Buffs
  • Family Fun
  • Beach Bums
    • Language

      Sinhala, Tamil, English
    • Altitude

      6.31 m
    • Time zone

      UTC+05:30
    • Theme

      Beach, Heritage

Dipped in rich colonial heritage, the ancient port city with a historic fort at the southwest tip of Sri Lanka magnetizes wayfarers. Come, witness the majestic beauty of Galle!

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You will like

  • Architecture

    The Dutch-style architecture is highly impressive and extremely hard to miss.

  • Beaches

    There are several untouched and scenic beaches scattered around the town that allure tourists.

Be prepared

  • Negligible Nightlife

    Apart from a few bars/clubs located in the upmarket hotels and resorts, there is not much nightlife in Galle.

Describing It

It is hard to believe that a city that is buzzing with business activity has managed to successfully preserve ancient heritage in such an amazing manner. That is Galle for you, the port city of Sri Lanka located on the southwest tip of the country. Situated at a distance of about 119 kilometres away from Colombo, Galle is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the region. It houses some of the finest examples of colonial architecture, which are visible in most parts of the city.

The perfect location to witness the Singhalese culture of Sri Lanka, Galle is an ancient port city that is known to have been involved in trade of spices such as cinnamon since the 1400s. Though the city is majorly a trade centre, it has quite a few attractions up its sleeve to lure a significant number of tourists every year.

Galle’s most important draw remains the Galle Fort, an imposing structure located in the older part of the city, which has also been inscribed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The fort is throbbing with activity in itself, with a church, a mosque, a court, several offices and hotels within the premises of the fort.

Some of the other important tourist attractions in Galle include the natural harbour, the National Maritime Museum, Amangalla - the historic luxury hotel and various temples and mosques in the city.

A good base camp to tour nearby tourist attractions, Galle comes across as the perfect destination to explore places like Hikkaduwa, Yala National Park, Unawatuna and the Dodanduwa Lagoon.