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Galle Travel Guide

The Southern Province of Sri Lanka considers the beautiful city of Galle as its capital and the place has successfully grabbed a good rank among the various World Heritage Sites. Galle is ready to completely transform your normal trip to Sri Lanka into a magical one and that too without any complications with the aid of its breathtaking time-wrapped island history. Once you have entered the majestic regions of this region, it is completely impossible to avoid any of the attractions here. Instead, they shall persuade you to stop and have a glimpse of their boundless eternal beauty. One of the most loved and renowned heritage site here is the 300 year old Dutch Fort that is proving to be a stunning one for its visitors. An array of innumerable cultural events accompanied by the notable Galle Literary Festival are gracefully taking up a vital and also a vibrant role in shaping the tourism of Galle.

Galle Map


Top Sites

Galle Fort, National Museum, Dutch Hospital

April to June

27°C to 30°C

July to Sep

25°C to 27°C

Oct to Feb

20°C to 22°C

An Insight into Galle Tourism

A “Not To Be Missed” Destination Of Southern Sri Lanka

Located On The Southwestern Tip And The 5th Largest City In Sri Lanka, Galle Was Earlier Known As Gimhathitha Literally Meaning 'Port Near The River Gin'. The Place Has Been Ruled By Portuguese In The 16th Century, And The Dutch Colonial In 17th - 18th Century. The City Is An Illustrative Example Of A Fortified City By Portuguese That Showcase Fusion Of Portuguese Architectural Styles And Native Traditions. Further The Place Was Extensively Fortified By The Dutch From 1649 & Onwards. The Galle Fort Was Built By European Occupiers And Is The Biggest Remaining Fortress In Asia; And Is Also A World Heritage Site. Galle Is A Historic City And Best Explored On Foot. Lined Endlessly By Exotic Trading Port Of The Bygone Era, Age-Old Mosques And Churches, Impressive Dutch-Colonial Buildings, Marvelous Mansions And Well Maintained Museums; Galle Is A Must See Place When Touring Sri Lanka. Stylish Cafes, Beautifully Restored Hotels, Quirky Boutiques And Impeccably Designed Properties Owned By Local & Foreign Artists, Writers, Photographers And Designers Add To The Beauty Of This Historic City.

Galle Fort By Portuguese Colonists In The 16th Century Is The Prime Attraction Here In Galle. This Fortified City Unfolds Numerous Intriguing Chapters Of History. Stone Sea Walls Encircling Car-Free Streets Of The City That Has A Mélange Of Portuguese, Dutch And British Architecture. The 18th-Century Dutch Reformed Church, Galle Lighthouse, The Old Gate - Fortification’s Original Entrance, National Maritime Museum, Galle National Museum – In A 1656 Building, The Galle International Stadium Etc., Are Some Must See Places Here.

Galle City Has A Tropical Rainforest Climate And The Route To This Place Is A Coastal One, Thus Offering Spectacular Views Along The Way, If One Drives Down To The Place. When In Galle Town, Explore The City On Foot Or O A Tuk-Tuk. If You Are Looking Forward For Some Souvenirs Then Antiques Items, Art Pieces And Laces Can Be The Best Pick. Semiprecious Stone Jewelry In Silver Can Also Be Bought.

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