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5 things to do in Galle Fort – Exploring one of Sri Lanka's finest cities

Galle is one place that has it all; a colonial vibe, rich history, stunning beaches and excellent food. This little southern city makes the perfect getaway whether you are within or without Sri Lanka.

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Experience the resorts

Your holiday in Galle begins with the resorts. Since Galle is one of the most popular cities among tourists visiting Sri Lanka, resorts in this part of the island are found in abundance. In fact, several holidaymakers visiting Galle come here solely for the resorts; that is the kind of properties you find in this part of Sri Lanka. Of all the options available here it is the beach hotels in Galle that takes the cake. Places like The Fortress Resort and Spa have always been known around luxury holidaymakers and there are a number of other similar places that appeal to such visitors. Resorts combine an exquisite setting with Galle's tranquil backdrop making it a must experience in a city like Galle.

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Try out the many restaurants

Galle is a great place to try out a variety of different cuisines. Since there are plenty of restaurants in every nook and corner of the Galle fort, you can walk around the narrow streets and take your pick among the many choices available. From the fanciest to the simplest, you get a wide variety of options to choose from. In addition to the food you also here get here cafes and ice cream parlours that have of late stole the limelight in this city. Whatever your taste, you are bound to find something appealing in the exciting city of Galle.

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Bask in the beaches

Galle is located in the southern coast of Sri Lanka and flaunts a huge stretch of pristine shores. The beaches in Galle are without a doubt one of the town's biggest crowd pullers. Popular among both lovers and families alike, it is a great place to relax, play or simply enjoy the beauty of Mother Nature. If you are visiting the Galle Fort, in addition to basking in the beach don't miss out on the famous Galle Rampart which makes this spot one of the finest coasts in the country.

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Explore the Maritime Museum

There are many museums around Galle, but the Maritime Museum is arguably the most popular of them all. This museum has a collection of all things dear to this enchanting city. The building was constructed in the year 1671 and although first used as a Dutch warehouse it was later converted to a museum in the year 1992. The Museum has an elaborate collection that showcases many anthropological aspects of the islands southern coasts. In addition to this, you can also witness the simple lifestyles of the city's fishing communities and the specialized techniques that were used for fishing.

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The Galle Lighthouse

Galle's famous lighthouse is one of the most prominent attractions in the city. Towering above this coastal city at a height of 25 meters, the lighthouse has a majestic aura to it. The original lighthouse dates back to 1848 and at the time had the oldest light station in the island.

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