Galle offers a unique historical and cultural perspective into the development of Sri Lanka during its colonial era. This natural harbor boasts a gorgeous landscape with gentle sea breezes. Galle became an important trading port on the Spice Route, and even King Solomon is rumored to have shopped here for spice, gems and tropical wildlife! The city’s main feature is the foreboding historic Galle Fort, which was built during Dutch rule and towers over the Indian Ocean with its architectural marvels and administrative buildings within. Today, it is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Outside of the fort, you can experience a heady miscellany of vibrant markets, exotic cuisine, boutique shops and cultural experiences that will invoke your senses. If you are an art lover, this is your little piece of paradise!

Highlights

  • Portuguese and Dutch Heritage
  • Beach
  • Watersports
  • Diving
  • Local Dances

 Places to stay

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Amangalla

Hotel Style: Heritage

This super luxury heritage hotel resort provides the perfect base for exploring Galle Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the historic town of Galle.  See Hotel

Exterior view of Galle Fort Hotel in Galle, Sri Lanka

Galle Fort Hotel

Hotel Style: Heritage

This 14 room hotel was once a 17th century Dutch merchantメs house in the heart of the now hip Galle Fort.  See Hotel

 Things to do

GBawa Arch

Enjoy an experience of some amazing architectural highlights of one of Sri Lanka’s highly celebrated architects

City Highlights of Galle Fort

Visit the historic port city of Galle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site – relive the past in this 16th cent. port city with its colossal Dutch Fortress and living heritage site. Admire coastal beds of pure blue ocean and coral reefs; enjoy legends and archaeological artifacts; buy some famous hand-made lace.

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