Galle is a city in the south west coast of Sri Lanka, 125 km south of the capital Colombo.
Back in the 14th century it was the main port on the island attracting trade from Persians, Arabs, Greeks to name just a few. The Portuguese arrived 100 years later and after some resistance from the locals they took the city by force. It wasn’t until 1640 when they had to surrender to the Dutch. The Dutch subsequently built the famous Galle Fort.
The Galle Fort part of the city is arguably one of the best examples of a fortified city in southern Asia and is home to the largest remaining fortress (built by Europeans) in Asia. The City’s National Maritime Museum is another one of it’s highlights and is home to one of Sri Lanka’s best collections of maritime artifacts. Visitors can also explore the important St Mary’s Cathedral and the delightful 5 star luxury hotel Amangalla (formerly New Oriental Hotel).
Just outside the fort you will find the Galle International Cricket Stadium. Recently rebuilt and standing with the Indian Ocean lapping at both sides, this popular sports stadium is home to the local Galle Cricket Club.
To get you started with planning your holiday to Galle, we have showcased below some popular itineraries requested by our clients which we hope will inspire your visit to Sri Lanka