Attractions in Galle

Full of old world charm, the city of Galle is one of the most popular destinations in the Southern Province of Sri Lanka. The azure blue ocean that borders the city and adds a remarkable allure to the colonial structures.

Among the many leading Galle attractions, the Dutch or Galle Fort certainly is prominent. Built by the Portuguese back in the year 1588 this iconic fort stands tall and proud to this very day. The Galle Fort was extensively fortified by the Dutch after they invaded the country. The British also did their share to make the fort stronger when the island’s reign was taken over by them. Today, the fort area is occupied by diverse people who lend much colour and life amidst age-old buildings and winding cobbled streets that add to its beauty.

You can visit the many quaint shops that line the streets to buy exquisite gifts that are tinged with the charm of the island. There is something for everyone here in Galle! Whether you are looking for expensive jewellery or unique handcrafted mementos, you certainly will be able to find a delightful array of products at the many stores here.

On your exploration, you can visit the Galle Lighthouse, National Museum of Galle, Maritime Archaeology Museum, Historical Mansion Museum, Dutch Reformed Church and All Saint’s Church. Of course, if you want to just laze on the shore you can always head to nearby Unawatuna Beach or Jungle Beach too.

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