• Login

Galle and its surrounding areas

Travel Guide
  • Galle is a city with a rich history. First colonised by the Portuguese, the Dutch have also left their mark. The old city of Galle is nestled in a fort, dating from the 16 century. In the past, many transit goods passed through this important port. Today, the city is split into two parts, one side with the old, abandoned city and the other side with the modern city. Therefore I advise you to concentrate ...
    Ivan / age fotostock
  • The Galle fort is a world heritage site and the largest remaining fortress in Asia built by European occupiers
    Ivan / age fotostock
  • Galle features a tropical rainforest climate, with average temperatures hovering at around 26 degrees Celsius throughout the year.
    Ivan / age fotostock
  • You can still see Dutch-style dwellings in the city's small streets.
    Ivan / age fotostock
  • Cricket is the N1 sport in Sri Lanka. The national team excels in this discipline.
    Ivan / age fotostock
  • This cathedral is the perfect example of the blend of the local styles, ranging from a mix of European heritage to Asian culture.
    Ivan / age fotostock
  • Before being superseded by Colombo, Galle was the most prolific city in the country.
    Ivan / age fotostock
Amy Adejokun
Amy Adejokun Expert destination Sri Lanka

Galle is a city with a rich history. First colonised by the Portuguese, the Dutch have also left their mark.
The old city of Galle is nestled in a fort, dating from the 16 century. In the past, many transit goods passed through this important port.
Today, the city is split into two parts, one side with the old, abandoned city and the other side with the modern city.
Therefore I advise you to concentrate your visit to the fort and the inside of its walls.
So both cultural visits and relaxation are both on offer !

Galle and its surrounding areas: what to do?

Galle is a magnificent natural harbour . UNESCO has classified its entirety as the greatest preserved Dutch fortress in the world. You will visit the area of the fort, the ancient city is surrounded by Dutch ramparts. Under its porch you will find the entrance to the Marine museum, the Utrecht bastion is dominated by its white lighthouse dating from World War II. On Church Street, the Reformed Church reformed Groote Kerk, a great, solely Protestant sobriety, was built in the late XVIII century.

Galle is a city with a rich history. First colonised by the Portuguese, the Dutch have also left their mark. The old city of Galle is nestled in the fort, dating from the 16 th century. We therefore advise you to concentrate your visit to the fort and inside the walls .

 Sri Lanka  Sri Lanka
Galle and its surrounding areas: the key figures

Surface area : 65600.0 km2

Population : 19700000 inhabitants

  • The city of Galle is rich in cultural and historical legacy
  • Beach and culture meet here
  • The cultural sites of the Cultural Triangle are not far away.

Reminders

Remember to dress appropriately when you enter places of worship.

To avoid

Avoid talking about politics or about the conflicts taking place in the north with the Tamils .

Galle and its surrounding areas: what to eat?

Rice with curry remain the main dish of the island. You can eat spicy and delicious food. You can also try many dishes made from coconut. The soups are often very good, based on lentils. As for meat, chicken and goat are most often cooked. The fish is also very present. For dessert, don't miss the choice of exotic fruits, bananas, papayas, coconut, pineapples, mangoes.

Galle and its surrounding areas: what to buy?

From Sri Lanka, you can bring back precious stones, baskets, fabrics and saris and also tea and spices.

Galle and its surrounding areas Reviewedhotels
  • 8.85 /10
    Rated by Easyvoyage
    Lighthouse
    Galle - Sri Lanka
    Hotel Hotel 5 Etoile(s)

    The Lighthouse is the most beautiful hotel in Sri Lanka. Built ...

  • 8.5 /10
    Rated by Easyvoyage
    The Fortress
    Galle - Sri Lanka
    Hotel Hotel 5 Etoile(s)

    If your ideal holiday involves luxurious surroundings, fine dining, ...

  • 7.05 /10
    Rated by Easyvoyage
    Closenberg Hotel
    Galle - Sri Lanka
    Hotel Hotel 3 Etoile(s)

    The Closenberg is a small attracctive hotel with a splendid view ...

  • 7.0 /10
    Rated by Easyvoyage
    Amaya Reef
    Galle - Sri Lanka
    Hotel Hotel 3 Etoile(s)

    The Amaya Reef hotel, renovated quite recently, allows families ...

Elsewhere in the world
Sri Lanka : Holidays
  • Holidays
  • Flights
  • Hotels
  • Flight + Hotel
  • Private Rentals
  • Cars