Galle

History’s influence is unavoidable in Galle – the most perfectly preserved colonial town in Sri Lanka. The magical coastal town is essentially a simple fishing village that boats of a rich cultural heritage. Galle takes credit for having the largest remaining Fortress built by European colonizers in the whole of Asia. Galle has a vibrant town not much different from a typical Sri Lankan town, but walk through the Fort gates and you are transported back in time to a Dutch colonial era.

The Galle Fort is magnificent to say the least. Built by the Dutch in 1663 to withstand enemy cannonballs, the 36-hectare fort is fundamentally an amazing collection of colonial structures and culture. It’s a World Heritage Site and the ocean lapping onto the massive ramparts add to the spectacular setting. The well-preserved stone and coral ramparts offer panoramic vistas of the ocean and red tiled rooftops of Galle Fort. A sunset on the ramparts is not to be missed.

Highlights

Galle Dutch Fort

Built by the Dutch in 1663 to withstand enemy cannonballs, the fort is an amazing collection of colonial structures and culture. It’s a World Heritage Site and the ocean lapping onto the massive ramparts add to the spectacular setting.

Martin Wickramasinghe’s House & Museum

This Folk Museum is inspired by and built upon the ideologies of Martin Wickramasinghe, one of Sri Lanka’s most renowned Sinhalese writers of the twentieth century.

Boat Ride To Madol Duwa

Madol Duwa is an uninhabited island made famous by Mr. Martin Wickremasinghe in his children’s novel, Madol Doova. A boat ride in the Koggala Mangroves is a relaxing experience.

Rumassala

Rumassala is a massive hill oddly out of place in the landscape just outside the Galle harbour. Rumassala hill and the surrounding area are steeped in legends and folklore.

Unawatuna Beach

Unawatuna is a major tourist attraction in Sri Lanka and famous for its beautiful beach and corals. Unawatuna was named the world’s best beach by The Discovery Channel in 2004.