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Must See Locations in Galle – Best of the Heritage City

Galle is the southern coasts celebrity town; inundated with treasures from the colonial era this coastal abode offers nature lovers and historians a wealth of sites to explore, savour and enjoy.


Vintage Mansion Museum and Olanda Warehouse

The Historical Mansion Museum is quite a unique feature in Galle; it is a collection of vintage artefacts from Sri Lanka's colonial era. On display are a variety of objects used during the Dutch and British rule of the country. These have most probably being obtained from various locations across Galle; which is a town that was greatly influenced by the colonists. Across the museum is Olanda Warehouse, housed within a beautiful Dutch building; there you can buy or simply inspect a good collection of vintage furniture and other nick knacks of historical value.


The Old Dutch Fort

This is Galle Towns iconic attraction and a must visit site. Deemed a World Heritage Site the fort is over 300 years old and the best place to savour some old world charm. The fabulous Dutch bungalows resembling a typical boutique hotel villa in Galle, with expansive verandas are well restored for a taste of old world charm. You can wander the cobblestone streets, browse the marine museum, explore the ancient lighthouse and pray at the historical churches there. Wander along the breezy ramparts offering expansive views of the Indian Ocean and bask under sunny skies as you enjoy the wide open spaces.


Investigate the Dutch Reformed Church

This is the oldest church in Sri Lanka; the original structure is tipped to have been built in 1755 and was once home to the islands largest pipe organ – lost over time. The church is designed in simplistic stylings and offers one a feeling of nostalgia and peace. The solitary cemetery is dotted with graves of the Dutch colonists and has a melancholy air to it. If you love vintage buildings and observing little trimmings from ancient times do take time to visit this piece of history not far from Mosvold Villas offering a slice of Galle's surf and play ambiance.



Unawatuna is a sleepy little fisher village just 5kms from Galle. The place is loved for its crescent shape bay and sandy beach that slopes into the water. The little resort is an ideal place to plan a day trip to. Enjoy chilling on the beach, exploring jungle beach and scouring the heights of Rumassala Hill. Jungle Beach in case you are wondering is a little patch of beach on the far side of Unawatuna that is accessible via a small trek through a – jungle. It is this initial trek that proves to be interesting to many; Rumassala Hill is steeped in mythology with a story that revolves around it being part of the Himalaya's dropped by the hands of a Monkey God. Delve deeper into the story with the aid of a local guide who will be more than happy to illustrate the full story.