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Things to do in Galle and Unawatuna Sri Lanka - Delightful Indulgences the Magical Southern Coast

In the gorgeous southern coast of Sri Lanka lies Galle and Unawatuna which are favourite destinations among vacationers. Read on and find out about the top things to do in these stunning destinations.


Visit the attractions of Galle

Galle is one of the most charming destinations in the paradise island of Sri Lanka. It is a city that tells its colourful story through a myriad of iconic attractions. The foreign invaders of the past have left their mark in this city in the beautiful forms of fortresses, mansions and churches. So you should certainly come prepared to enjoy many hours of sightseeing!
One of the major tourist attractions in Galle is the Galle Fort, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was built back in the year 1588 by the Portuguese. The fort was extensively fortified by Dutch invaders too.
You should also consider visiting places like National Museum of Galle, Dutch Reformed Church, Galle Lighthouse, Dutch Market and Galle International Cricket Stadium which are some of the most iconic Sri Lanka attractions.


Dive and snorkel in Unawatuna

The beautiful town of Unawatuna offers dazzling beaches that you can laze around in for hours! If you are up for some epic thrills, you can go diving and snorkelling here too, and create some truly unforgettable memories. There are a few good water sports centres in the region that will provide you with the necessary facilities and equipment to enjoy a time of relaxing fun. The Unawatuna Bay is a spectacular site for snorkelers as is the Jungle Bay which is located between Unawatuna and Galle.
Between the months of November and April, the diving season in the southern coast occurs. So you will be able to dive and explore the Ralagala Wreck, Galle Ship Wreck, Galapita Gala dive site, Lord Nelson Wreck and Goda Kupatha when a visit is made during this period.
You can visit these places with great ease when you stay at centrally located hotels like Cantaloupe Hotels.


Enjoy a shopping spree

Take time to visit the many colourful street stalls as you are travelling in the region to find beautiful trinkets and mementoes. You will find home decor items, jewellery, bags, shoes and colourful clothes at nominal prices in these stalls.
If you are looking for more sophisticated shopping thrills, you can visit the famous Orchid House, Mimimango, LUV SL Galle and Barefoot which are located in Galle. Even precious gems can be bought in the city at shops like Lihiniya Gems and L. Wimalarathna Gems & Jewellery.


Relish Sri Lankan cuisine

You really should take the time to enjoy the fiery tastes of Sri Lankan food when you are travelling in down south! Sri Lankan cuisine with its rich spicy tang is sure to please all. Try out the famous seafood dishes of the south like the prawn curry and crab curry to fall in love with the flavours of this paradise island. You can also sample dishes like hoppers and kottu which are popular among locals throughout the island.
You will be able to treat yourself to glorious fine dining experiences at exquisite restaurants like The Fort Printers and Galle Fort Hotel Restaurant. If a more casual and relaxed setting is what you desire, you can visit places like Hoppa Galle Fort, The Blockhouse, Pooni's Kitchen and Chambers Restaurant. Traditional Sri Lankan cuisine is served in generous platters at famous eateries such as Spoons and Coconut Sambol.

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