At a glance

Sri Lanka’s historic maritime city is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city’s most iconic landmark is the Galle Fort, which was built by the Portuguese, fortified by the Dutch, and used by the British. The strong influence of the Dutch is visible throughout the city in its colonial architecture, churches, and mansions. Today, Galle city is a bustling cosmopolitan with its captivating character fully intact. It has one of the most active regional ports in the country, and you don’t have to look far for fresh seafood. Its neighbouring beaches are highly sought-after for their beauty and water sports. As southern Sri Lanka’s most famous city, Galle, provides the ultimate mood and charm for exotic seaside holidays. 

Hidden Gems

  • Japanese Peace Pagoda is a tranquil structure on top of Rumassala hill.
  • Historical Mansion Museum is a private museum with Dutch period items.
  • Joseph’s chapel is from the Portuguese times later revived by the Dutch.
  • Maha Modara Sea Turtle Hatchery works towards turtle conservation.
  • Meeran Jumma Mosque at the Fort is architecturally pleasing and faces Mecca.
  • Galle Harbour is nearly 2000 years and supports yachts.

Where to Shop in Galle

Galle has a collection of high-end boutiques and shops in and around the Fort. Laksana, Mimimango, Barefoot, Exotic Roots, Raux Brothers are a few to name.

Where to Eat in Galle

The Fort Printers, Fortaleza, Poonie’s Kitchen, Gallery 52, Chamber’s, Dumplings, Pilgrim’s, Elita, and Coconut Sambol are just a few places you can go for delectable meals.

The Route

Best Times to Visit

Galle is a year-round destination.