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The Top 5 Things to Do in Galle, Sri Lanka - A blend of beaches, culture and history!

A coastal city located 125 kilometers away from Colombo, Galle is the ultimate tourist hotspot. Here is a list of reasons why this city makes it into everyone's bucket list when in Sri Lanka.


Galle Fort

No trip to Galle is complete without checking out the Galle Fort. This incredible walled part of the city is surrounded by ramparts which were constructed by Dutch traders who were in control of the city back in the seventeenth century. These ramparts are actually very thick, so you can go on long walks on top of it. Head out in the late afternoons and go on a pleasant walk by starting at an end of the ramparts and finishing in the other. You will be able to take in all the beauty of the ocean. Some of the places to pay attention to are the Lighthouse, clocktower, the old prison and so on. Besides, if you're looking for a Sri Lanka luxury resort in these parts, you can start checking out properties like Aditya Resort, for a start.


Dutch architecture

If you are a fan of ancient architecture, then there are many structures that you can explore in the Galle Fort. The Dutch operated the East India company here at the Galle Fort and as a result, have left behind some impressive architectural feats. The Maritime Archaeology Museum here is also another place that you can explore which once operated as the Dutch warehouse.



How about some surfing when in the coastline? Galle is home to the beach town called Unawatuna which is perfect for surfing. Although they might not be massive and probably a bit too easy for the pros, the beginners, on the other hand, can have a fantastic time out here. There are a few self-schools along the shoreline where you can hire a boat or even pay up for a few lessons if this is your first time.


Chilling out on beaches

This is a coastal city, which means chilling out in beaches is what it is best for. So, what's different about the Sri Lankan beach experience? Well, the waters are perfect for a swim, the sands are soft and powdery for long walks, you can purchase King coconuts and quench your thirst with these nutritious drinks, try some of the best seafood you can ever taste and of course, relax! These beaches are some of the best kid-friendly ones in the country.



This is a coastal town, which means you can expect a glorious sunset view. For the best sunsets, you can either head to the Galle Fort or the Japanese Peace Pagoda which overlooks the vast ocean. From the pagoda, you can have a brilliant view of the Fort. So, you can capture photographs that will serve as memories to relish for a lifetime.

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