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Top Reasons to visit Galle - An iconic city by the coast!

Located in the southernmost region of Sri Lanka, Galle is a city that that is drenched in history - it is filled with fascinating attractions that resemble the unique cultural flair that surrounds this city. If you are visiting Sri Lanka, Galle must be added to your travel itinerary and here is why it should be done so.


The beaches

Located at proximity to the sea, Galle is home to some of the most beautiful coastal stretches on the island. It is also a hotbed for watersport activities such as snorkelling, boating, surfing and diving. The beaches of Galle are fringed in coconut palms and they boast a surreal and vivid scenery. If it is not for its other offerings, you could visit the city just to soak up the sun and relax at its beaches.


Colonial monuments

Galle remained a significant city for all three colonisers who ruled the island. One of the most significant attractions of this city – the Galle fort was constructed by the Portuguese in 1588 and was extensively fortified by the dutch, followed by the British. The Galle Fort is a well preserved reminiscent of colonial rule on the island and it is the reason the city has been made a world heritage site. There are also a wide array of churches, clock towers, lighthouses statues and colonial buildings to add up to the city's historic splendour. It indeed fills your mind with a profound sense of discovery and satisfaction when you visit these sites


To explore art and local life

Highly influenced by the westerners who frequent the city, Galle features a unique and outspoken culture. The people who live here could casually converse in English and they are more hospitable towards tourists. There is also a vibrant art scene around the city, you could see a lot of art galleries in Galle which often features intricate artworks and handicrafts made by locals. The city is also home to a myriad of snazzy cafes and bars that serve up decadent food local and international favourites along with local beers.


Go on a shopping spree

Galle has many shops and boutiques that specialise in selling souvenirs, clothing goods and accessories. These stores often have a unique ambience and almost all of the products they sell are locally sourced and made. Some of the items you should consider buying at these shops are sarongs, handicrafts, paintings and batik clothes.


Exclusive resort properties

There are a plethora of exclusive resort properties in Galle which offers lavish accommodation options. Visitors to the city could seek refuge at these properties after a tiring day of exploration or even relax and while away all day pampering themselves in luxurious comforts. Most of the hotels in Galle also have spas located within their premises; you could visit them to cleanse your mind and body with a slew of therapeutic massages and other treatments. Fortress Resort and Spa is one of the accommodation options you could consider staying as its abodes come replete with a wealth of luxurious amenities and exclusive facilities.

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