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5 Must Do Activities When in Galle – Experiencing the Best of Southern Sri Lanka

Galle is the most renowned city in southern Sri Lanka. In fact, it comprises several of Sri Lanka's most significant attractions. When you are exploring the city, don't miss out on the activities below.


Explore The Dutch Fort

The Dutch Fort in Galle is by far the most prominent attraction in the city and it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The fort occupies a total of 90 hectares and is complete with well constructed fortifications. The region of the city surrounding the Dutch Fort also retains an old world charm. The narrow paved lanes and charming colonial style houses give that feeling like a part of Europe has been transported to Sri Lanka!


Unwind at the Beach

The beaches of southern Sri Lanka need no introduction. Featuring golden brown sands and roaring waves, there is so much you can do from simply relaxing on the shore to delving into the sparkling blue. There is also the iconic rampart that borders the sections of the beach lining the fort. With a good dose of history and plenty of scenic beauty, you are bound to have an amazing time basking in Galle's spectacular coast. If you are thinking of choosing one of the Galle hotels by the beach, consider options the likes of The Fortress Resort & Spa, amongst other such properties beside the sea.


Visit the Maritime Museum

When it comes to history, Galle sure has many stories to tell. If you are keen on getting to know more, a visit to the Maritime Museum is an absolute must. Unlike conventional museums, the Maritime Museum is focused on spreading awareness on marine biological and anthropological aspects of the coastal regions of Southern Sri Lanka. The museum building was constructed all the way back in 1671 as a Dutch warehouse. However, in 1992, the abandoned building was converted to a museum which became even more popular after the 2004 Tsunami. There are a total of three galleries in this building each of which comprises of interesting exhibits and informative material. Don't miss the shipwrecks on display which are absolutely intriguing; history buff or not.


Head to the Galle Lighthouse

Galle's famous lighthouse is another prominent attraction in the city. Towering above this pristine coastal city, the lighthouse emanates an aura of magnificence and illuminates the sea with its powerful light. At a height of nearly 25 metres, the original lighthouse dated back to 1848 and had the oldest light station in Sri Lanka. But this, however, was destroyed by fire and was replaced by the present 26 metre lighthouse constructed in 1939.


Visit the Dutch Reformed Church

Among the many European buildings that adorn the city of Galle, the Dutch Reformed Church is a masterpiece. This outstanding place of worship was originally constructed in the year 1640 but underwent considerable renovations in the late 18th century. From the moment you lay eyes on this magnificent building you will be transported to Galle's profound colonial era.

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