Situated in the southwest of Sri Lanka, right on the coast, the city of Galle is the go to destination for many travellers on this marvellous island. With its beautiful collection of Dutch colonial buildings and rocky coastline, Galle exudes charm and sophistication as well as a unique cultural identity, shaped by centuries of different influences. The main fort area is the centrepiece of this city and has a number of quaint boutiques and cafes lining the beautiful, palm-fringed streets.Read More
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. Galle also hosts a literary festival every year, which sees some big names from all over the world as well as a horde of bookworms who have gathered to partake in the festivities. A typical programme includes anything from lectures and debates to cookery classes to movies.
Here are some popular itineraries that include a visit to Galle
If you are planning a Galle holiday, have a look at some of the accommodation that we recommend. 'Our Rating' indicates how we feel each property rates according to normal Western hotel standards. 'Local Rating' indicates how the property is categorised/rated locally:
Cantaloupe Aqua Galle
Minimalist white with quirky details like giant urns and Warhol-style pictures, the Canteloupe Aqua is a funky Greek style hotel. All rooms have their own distinct character and have stunning beach frontage. The beds are luxurious and King size and work perfectly with the white wooden floors. The hotel has a wonderful Thai restaurant - head down there for a yummy Jungle Curry or Pad Thai. The accommodation is perfectly located on a private beach in Unawatuna - close to the city of Galle.
Galle Tailor made suggestions
Here are some of the recent tailor made itineraries we have created for our clients which include a visit to Galle.