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Stilt Fishermen, Galle, Sri Lanka


Located in the southern region of the country, Galle is known for its stilt fishermen and the fortified old town, a Unesco World Heritage Site that is a delight to wander around.

Galle’s Dutch Fort has a 400-year-old history, with colonial buildings, ancient mosques and mansions. Nowadays, the beautiful old buildings are transformed into trendy shops, cafes and restaurants. An entire day can be spent exploring Galle Fort.

Galle Fort Lighthouse, Galle, Sri Lanka
Galle, Sri Lanka
Amanwella, Tangalle, Sri Lanka
Tangalle, Sri Lanka
Buddhist Stupa, Galle Fort, Galle, Sri Lanka
Galle, Sri Lanka
Aditya, Galle, Sri Lanka
Aditya, Hikkaduwa, Sri Lanka

More about Galle

The main focal point for travellers to Galle is the amazing architectural UNESCO Galle Fort. The fort was built in the 17th century and showcases the defensive and aesthetic architectural features of 17th-century Sri Lankan buildings.

The fort is still used today as part of a working community, populated with administrative offices and courts, along with bustling streets that stretch from Galle’s historic district.


Frangipani pool tree day
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Thalpe Beach, Sri Lanka
Thalpe, Sri Lanka
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Beach, Sri Lanka
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Beaches close to Galle

Unawatuna, Wijaya and Talpe all lie to the east of Galle, within about 15 to 20 minutes’ drive. This stretch of coastline runs parallel to the main east-west highway allowing easy access however it does make it the busiest stretch of beach in Sri Lanka. Alternatively, you can stay inland or in Galle Fort itself and make a day trip to the beach. Some of the city hotels have access to dedicated beach clubs.

This part of the coast is lined with beautiful boutique beach hotels and private villas. Swimming is possible here in the sheltered lagoons of Unawatuna and Wijaya, so ideal for families. There are plenty of restaurants, bar and cafes to find delicious local and international cuisine.

Amangalla, Galle, Sri Lanka
Amangalla, Galle, Sri Lanka
Lobby, 25 Rampart Street, Galle, Sri Lanka
25 Rampart Street, Galle, Sri Lanka
Garden Suite, Kahanda Kanda, Galle, Sri Lanka
Kahanda Kanda, Galle, Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka, Galle, Fort Bazaar Courtyard
Fort Bazaar, Galle, Sri Lanka

Accommodation in Galle

Accommodation in Galle ranges from the sympathetically restored hotel of Amangalla, with sublime services and attention to detail to 25 Rampart Street featuring an elegant combination of colonial charm and modern amenities. Many of the restored hotels are located in Galle Fort itself offering easy exploring on foot to the shops and restaurants of this UNESCO site.


It’s all here. Things to see and do, places to explore and moments to discover.

Galle Walking Tour

Explore the UNESCO heritage site of Galle on foot, to visit its ancient mosques and churches, colonial mansions and old trading port.

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Shopping in Galle

Galle offers some of the best shopping experiences in Sri Lanka from quirky boutiques to world-class art galleries.

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Gastronomy in Galle

With plenty of amazing restaurants, Galle has become one of the most sought-after Sri Lankan destinations for foodies. Dine out in style.

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Ramparts Walk

Walk along the ramparts of Galle Fort to the majestic Galle Lighthouse. Locals come here to swim and cool, while visitors sit and admire the beautiful ocean views.

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Kate Hitchen

My travels were first inspired by my love of the UK, which I take as much pleasure in exploring as countries far and wide. For me, travel is all about the adventure, the people I meet and the food I sample along the way.

In fact, I am never happier than when I’m cycling, trekking or simply eating my way through a country! My heart and head regularly pull me east, notably to India but I may also be found wandering through the galleries and piazzas of Italy or daydreaming about fresh ceviche in the far west.

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Joe Parkes

As a child I read voraciously so the seed of travel was planted by none other than Enid Blyton. Family holidays ran the gamut from icy dips in the early summer seas of Cornwall, to camel rides in north Africa, from Times Square to Tenerife. A GAP year upon leaving school cemented the travel bug. After graduating University and before stumbling, happily, into a career in the travel industry I spent a couple of glorious years exploring southern and east Africa, large swathes of South-east Asia, India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka.

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