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  • Galle comes with its own inherent beauty where and it showcases some of the most beautiful things to do in Galle. You can have a chance to visit some of the most popular historic places such as the Flag rock and it is one of the best places to catch beautiful sunsets. During the day you will find many people jumping from the rock into the waters. You can also find some local vendors alongside the road selling fresh papaya with chilli powder.

    The Dutch reformed church can be just another destination where you can spend some time. It is quite interesting to know that the floors which are paved with gravestones. If on your way of exploration you feel hungry, you can stop by Fortaleza which has some classy interiors which is well matched with some fine cuisine such as lamb chops and sea food.

    Here are some of the best things to do in Galle that you should experience:

  • 01Scuba Diving

    Image Credit : Silke Baron
    Water is aplenty in Sri Lanka and Galle is quite celebrated for water sports such as Scuba Diving. This sport is an underwater experience where divers wear oxygen apparatus and dive deep into the sea to observe the sea species living underneath. The noiseless world under the water is soothing and is a kind of meditation.Scuba Diving in Unawatuna is one of the best places for this sport. The center is a 10-minute drive from Galle city. The diving institutes offer different levels of courses such as open water dive, refresh dive course, fresher’s dive, master level diving, reef diving, night diving etc.

    Image Credits : Via Tsuji



    Location: Unawatuna Beach diving sites include Napoleon Reef, Galapita gala

    Highlights:
     Includes certification courses, a dive to Rangoon ship wreck 30 ft under the sea 

    Best seasons:
    The best time to visit this place is  during the month of  November to May

    Price:
     Approximate price starts from $25 per dive and if you are opting for a course it starts from $300


  • 02Flag Rock

    Image Credit : Dave Lonsdale
    After a tiresome day, if you wish to end it with some peace and watch the sun set on the horizon, hear the seagulls beckoning you and also observe the waves crash the rocks forming a soulful music then Galle Flag Rock Bastion is where you need to go.  The Flag Rock an ex-Portuguese Bastion, situated at the southernmost end of the Galle Fort, today is a popular destination for tourists to witness the sunset. This Rock was a natural defence center during the Dutch period, from where ships were alerted about dangers lurking and also from the unseen rocks underwater by firing Musket shots from the Pigeon Island.



    Location: Rampart St. Galle 

    Highlights:
    Scenic surrounding; to your west, you will be able to locate the lighthouse and the Gunpowder Museum opposite to the Meeran Masjid.
  • 03Galle Fort/Dutch Fort

    Image Credit : Towle N

    Dutch Fort is one of the most extraordinary historical and archeological sites of the world. The fort was first constructed by Portuguese in the late sixteenth century and fortified expansively by the Dutch in the mid-seventeenth century. It is a stunning blend of archeology, architecture, and history in the backdrop of the tropical atmosphere.  Its appeal lies in that it is not just a historical monument. Even today the life is buzzing inside it, with a museum, gorgeous villas, administrative offices, antique shops, cafes, bookstores and lifestyle stores.

    Image Credits : Ankur P


    Location: Situated in the Southern Sri Lankan Coast in the Bay of Galle just 132 KM from Colombo.

    Highlights: A stroll on the streets will let you experience the beautiful architecture of the colonial style buildings that still exudes the warmth and charm. Visit National Maritime Museum, stop by Meera Mosque and enjoy delicacies at Lucky Fort Restaurant and Galle Fort Hotel Restaurant.

    Timing: Opened 24 hours a day 

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  • 04Go for Spa

    You have come for a holiday and you don’t go to a spa and massage, then ideally you have wasted your vacation by 10%. The best thing you could gift to your body is complete nourishment through Galle’s Spas. They are widely known in the country for their services, therapy, and massages. Galle fort is considered one of the best in the city with natural rejuvenating therapies such as Ayurveda. Few Spas also offer Yoga and meditation as packages, Unawatuna Island is the major center for authentic spas and wellness therapy in Galle.



    Highlights: The Spa therapy includes physiotherapy, body massage, deep tissue massage, face massage, hand and feet nourishments, total body care, yoga and a variety of combo offers. Other provisions include reflexology, waxing, detox treatments etc. and all these is obtained at the most serene atmosphere surrounded by overwhelming nature.

    Location: Unawatuna, Galle
  • 05Lagoon Canoeing Tour

    Canoeing is a beautiful experience in Galle. Unawatuna is an astounding island where most of the adventure sports happen in Galle. It is brimmed with canals, lagoons, beaches, rivers and reservoirs. Canoeing can take you in the midst of the Natural beauty of flora and fauna characterised by changing landscapes and fascinating mangroves.

    Location: Unuwatuna Lagoon, galle Hours and timings: starts at 8- 8:30 am and comprised of two hours of paddling

    Highlights:
     Canoeing trip includes local guide, water and refreshments and a life jacket. You can reach the Unawatuna Lagoon by a tuk-tuk. You would get to explore coastal flora and fauna untouched by the human civilization, the deeper sector of mangroves etc 

    Best season: November to May
    Price: Approximate price starts from $ 30, per canoe 2 - 3 people can accommodate 
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  • 06Mountain Bike Tour

    Image Credit : Dai Williams
    Mountain biking is more fun than normal cycling. The rocky paths, gravelled roads, tracks unused for years and the adrenalin rush to speed up are the absolute reasons to try this jaunt. At Galle, Unawatuna is the place where you would find centres for this sport. You can choose your type of bikes from an array of selection and you will be provided with a local guide, helmets, and refreshments. The guide helps you to know the place better with his narrations and titbits of information.

    Image Credits : Dai Williams



    Location: Biking centers at Mirissa and Unawatuna

    Highlights:
     You would get to see the real Sri Lankan villages, peacocks, chameleons, buffalo, mangroves, coconut farms and tropical forests. You can also eat homemade authentic food in one of the many villages you would come across. 

    Timings:
      8:30 AM or 2:30 PM as per your convenience

    Price:
      Approximate price starts from  $16- $50 
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  • 07Whale Watching

    Image Credit : Selbe Lynn
    Whale watching is an interesting fun activity in Galle. Sri Lanka is surrounded by ocean which makes it more accessible to observe these huge sea mammals and quite a number of dolphins too. You have to start quite early to the beach to catch a boat. If you have come to Galle for a holiday then most of the Hotels provide a trip to ‘whale watching’. Otherwise, you can get into the beach directly and go for it.


    Location: Mirissa Beach, Naval Harbour and Dondra Point 

    Highlights:
    Boat ride into the ocean just as the sun is about to rise is gorgeous. You should definitely carry a camera and binoculars to capture the experience. If you are lucky enough you might also get to see blue whales along with the normal ones and dolphins. Please carry medicines if you are prone to sea sickness.

    Best seasons:
     The best time for this fun activity is during the month of November to April

    Price:
     Approximate price starts from 3500 LKR-6000 LKR



  • 08Snorkelling

    Image Credit : Nico Aguilera
    Snorkelling is a water sport where snorkelers swim on the surface of the water or dive deep into the water wearing a plastic mask with a tube attached, known as a snorkel. People also wear fins and wetsuits for better navigation. The Jungle beach in Galle, which offers a perfect location for Snorkelling, is a semi-hidden bay enclosed in a jungle. The reef is not dangerous as it is partially dead. The water is current is not strong so you can safely swim near the rocky edges.

    Image Credits : Acquarius Sea Tours



    Location:
     30 mins walk from Unawatuna 

    Highlights:
    There is a small restaurant that serves simple delicious snacks and beverages. The snorkelling is offered by professional instructors from PADI. You may see reef fishes, crabs, moray eels, turtles, barracudas and parrot fishes; Walk to sunset point.


    Timings: The best time for this activity starts from early morning to sunset.

    Price: Approximate price starts from 15 LKR to 800 LKR

  • 09Lagoon & Village Cycling

    The best way to get away from the monotonous life in the city is to cycle through the quaint village of Galle. Lagoon and Village cycling in Galle is a perfect way to spend your weekends. Ride at your own pace and you will be able to cover 12 km easily. The cycling routes in Galle are usually the less travelled ones into the gravelled paths, through the mangroves, paddy fields, grasslands, local villages and their shopping stalls and sparse jungles. 


    Highlights: Three to four hours of utmost pleasure. The cycling expedition takes you by the local industries, lagoons and mangroves. Also, in the local village, you can learn to make coconut ropes or catch crabs from the villagers.

    Timings: The activity starts at 8:30 AM and ends at 2 PM

    Price: Approximate price ranges from 16 USD to 50 USD

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  • 10Dutch Reformed Church

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    One of the finest and most traditional Tourist attractions in Galle which is worth to visit and admire is the Galle Fort. The Dutch Reformed Church is the ancient building located in the premises of the fort. The building’s date goes back the 18th century during the Dutch period.

    A walk through the Fort ground along with the humble caretaker, immersing in his never-ending fancy stories will take you back to the era whence it was built. The Church is also known as Groot Kert.

    Image Credits : Matthew Goulding



    Highlights: Many tombstones dating back to the 17th can be observed; this church also is a Cruciform with shorter transepts separated by two arches. The floor is marked with gravestones. The beautiful pulpit made from Malaysian wood, calamander is a beautiful sight and near to the pulpit is the memorial of De Ly Family.

    Location: Church Street, Galle fort

    Timings: 9 am to 5 Pm
  • 11Day Safari at Galle in Sri Lanka

    Day Safari at Galle in Sri Lanka
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    About the Activity:

    • If you are looking for an amazing day tour to Galle in Sri Lanka, this is a perfect fit for you.
    • Get picked up from your hotel in Galle at around 7:00 AM and begin your trip to visit the turtle hatchery point located 5 Km north of Balapitiya where you can see the cute little turtles hatching and making their way into the sea.
    • Aftermath, take a walk through spice herbal garden, and acquaint yourself more about the local plantation.
    • Embark on an approx. 2 hour Madu river boat safari and delight in the picturesque environs accompanying you. 
    • Later, visit the famous mask factory in Ambalangoda and then reach Moonstone mine place at Hikkaduwa and admire the skill of locales in extracting this precious stone. 
    • Admire the stunning Buddhist temple, Cinnamon Island, Hikkaduwa, Galle dutch fort city and T-Sunami photo museum.
    • Conclude this exciting trip by going on a shopping spree in Bentota and then you will be dropped off to your hotel in Galle at around 5:00 PM.


  • 12Bottom Fishing Tour at Galle in Sri Lanka

    Bottom Fishing Tour at Galle in Sri Lanka
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    About the Activity:

    • Spend a day fishing in a private boat charter with your family and friends and indulge in a fishing experience in Galle, Sri Lanka.
    • Get picked up from your hotel in the morning at 7 AM and proceed to the starting point from where you will depart for the amazing bottom fishing activity in the boat. 
    • During your trip, refresh yourself with sandwiches, a bottle of cold beer and enjoy the exciting sport of bottom fishing on the southern coasts of Sri Lanka.
    • This tour is designed to accommodate veterans and beginner angler as you will be assisted by instructors for an enjoyable fishing experience. 
    • After fishing for four hours, at around 11 AM head back to the harbor and get dropped off to your respective hotels in Galle. 
  • 13Family Cycling Tour in Galle

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    About the Activity:

    • Delight in this amazing cycling tour which is recommended for families with kids for a truly exhilarating experience.
    • Get picked up from your hotels in Galle Fort, Unawatuna, and Koggala at around 8 AM and proceed to the start point, from where the activity starts at around 8.30 AM.
    • Continue your journey and enjoy the scenic beauty of Galle and visit some of the most beautiful and important tourist locations of the same. 
    • The duration of the tour is around 6 hours, giving you sufficient time to explore the beauty of surroundings and the places. 
    • End your amazing cycling tour at around 2.30 PM and head back to your respective hotels. 


  • 14Cycling Trip to Galle Fort and the Galle City

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    About the Activity:

    • If you are looking for some adventurous cycle tour to explore the beautiful Galle Fort and Galle city, this tour is a perfect fit for you.
    • Get picked up from your hotels in Galle Fort, Unawatuna, and Koggala at around 1.30 PM and begin the exciting excursion to Galle fort around 02:00 PM and enjoy cycling a stretch of around 16 km which you will be completing in a time span of around 3-4 hours.
    • During your cycling trip, witness and admire the awe-inspiring beauty of this 90 acre fort which has been categorized in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
    • Enjoy the peaceful beauty of this city while cycling with your group through the colorful and hidden streets of Galle.
    • End your amazing cycling trip at around 6 PM by getting dropped off to your respective hotels. 


  • 15Cycling Trip to a Lagoon and Village in Galle

    Cycling Trip to a Lagoon and Village in Galle
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    About the Activity:

    • Enjoy an adventurous cycle ride to a lagoon and village in Galle.
    • Get picked up from your hotels in Galle Fort, Koggala and Unwatuna at around 8 AM and proceed to the start point from where the cycling will start at around 8.30 AM.
    • During your cycling trip, cycle through gravel roads passing mangroves, villages and beautiful paddy fields and enjoy a light refreshments too. 
    • The journey will be of around 12 KM, which will take approximately 6 hours to complete.
    • End your adventurous cycling trip at around 2.30 PM by getting dropped off to your respective hotels. 



Attractions

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Old Dutch Hospital

This building is one of those areas that have preserved their charm for quite a few centuries now. Constructed during 1681, this building crossed many stages before getting converted into a shopping complex that it is today.

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Location
: This shopping arcade is located in the Galle Fort area, at Hospital Street.

Highlights
: This is the most ancient building in Colombo Fort and was set up with the main purpose of providing medical assistance to people working for Dutch East India Company. Do not miss to visit Odels, one of the most decent joints selling high-quality souvenirs and clothes. If you are interested in shopping and eating good food, you have to visit this area as it lined with lots of cafés and eating joints.


Timings
: It is open from 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM on all days of the week. 

Price
: Entry to this place is not chargeable.
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Galle Fort/Dutch Fort

Dutch Fort is one of the most extraordinary historical and archeological sites of the world. The fort was first constructed by Portuguese in the late sixteenth century and fortified expansively by the Dutch in the mid-seventeenth century. It is a stunning blend of archeology, architecture, and history in the backdrop of the tropical atmosphere.  Its appeal lies in that it is not just a historical monument. Even today the life is buzzing inside it, with a museum, gorgeous villas, administrative offices, antique shops, cafes, bookstores and lifestyle stores.


Location: Situated in the Southern Sri Lankan Coast in the Bay of Galle just 132 KM from Colombo.

Highlights: A stroll on the streets will let you experience the beautiful architecture of the colonial style buildings that still exudes the warmth and charm. Visit National Maritime Museum, stop by Meera Mosque and enjoy delicacies at Lucky Fort Restaurant and Galle Fort Hotel Restaurant.

Timing: Opened 24 hours a day 

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Dutch Reformed Church

One of the finest and most traditional Tourist attractions in Galle which is worth to visit and admire is the Galle Fort. The Dutch Reformed Church is the ancient building located in the premises of the fort. The building’s date goes back the 18th century during the Dutch period.

A walk through the Fort ground along with the humble caretaker, immersing in his never-ending fancy stories will take you back to the era whence it was built. The Church is also known as Groot Kert.



Highlights: Many tombstones dating back to the 17th can be observed; this church also is a Cruciform with shorter transepts separated by two arches. The floor is marked with gravestones. The beautiful pulpit made from Malaysian wood, calamander is a beautiful sight and near to the pulpit is the memorial of De Ly Family.

Location: Church Street, Galle fort

Timings: 9 am to 5 Pm
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Flag Rock

After a tiresome day, if you wish to end it with some peace and watch the sun set on the horizon, hear the seagulls beckoning you and also observe the waves crash the rocks forming a soulful music then Galle Flag Rock Bastion is where you need to go.  The Flag Rock an ex-Portuguese Bastion, situated at the southernmost end of the Galle Fort, today is a popular destination for tourists to witness the sunset. This Rock was a natural defence center during the Dutch period, from where ships were alerted about dangers lurking and also from the unseen rocks underwater by firing Musket shots from the Pigeon Island.



Location: Rampart St. Galle 

Highlights:
Scenic surrounding; to your west, you will be able to locate the lighthouse and the Gunpowder Museum opposite to the Meeran Masjid.