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Top 05 Must-See Attractions in Galle – Wonders of the South Coast

Set beside the mighty Indian Ocean, the charming city of Galle in Sri Lanka offers much to explore for those travelling to this part of the island's south coast. Here are some of the top places to visit which will provide insights into the nation's cultural and natural heritage too.


The Galle Fort

Not only one of the main attractions in Galle, but Sri Lanka too, the stunning fort that surrounds the Old Town area is both impressive and inspiring. Also known as the Dutch Fort, this UNESCO World Heritage Site was initially constructed by the Portuguese, but it was the Dutch who improved it; subsequently, it was taken over by the British. Visitors can walk along its ramparts overlooking the sea and stroll within the fort along cobbled streets where they will find Dutch-style houses. Other highlights include the Old Gate with its British coat of arms, several museums and a lighthouse.


Dutch Reformed Church

The Dutch Reformed Church dates back to the mid-18th century and is another attraction within the Galle Fort. Also referred to as the "Groote Kerk", it is amongst the oldest functioning protestant churches in the country. Easy to reach for those staying at resorts or hotels in Galle, this sacred site has some captivating interiors; notable elements include paved tombstone floors, a pulpit constructed from calamander wood, a fascinating stained glass window and a vintage 18th-century organ. Outside, one will find age-old gravestones too.


Galle National Museum

Travellers looking to delve more into the history and cultural traditions of the island can visit the Galle National Museum. Those staying at properties in and around the city such as The Fortress Resort & Spa can easily access this museum housed in what is believed to be the oldest Dutch building at the fort. Inside, one will find a variety of items on display including exhibits from the colonial periods. One gallery features weaponry and furniture from the days of Dutch rule, while another focuses on traditional livelihoods too such as wooden mask carving and beeralu lace weaving.


Unawatuna Beach

Visitors in search of some beachside relaxation can head to nearby Unawatuna, home to one of the most picturesque beaches in Sri Lanka. Apart from sunbathing on soft sands bordered by palm trees, swimming is also a popular pastime here since the waters are relatively calm. It's a great place to chill out and even savour some yummy local cuisine from eateries and restaurants near the shore. After your beach visit, you can head to the Japanese Peace Pagoda which offers great views of the area as well.


Koggala Lake

Also, just a short distance away is Koggala Lake another key attraction in the region. One of the best things to do in Galle is to plan a trip to this lake where you can embark on an exciting boat safari. There is much to see on your journey along the waters including large water monitors, various birds and sometimes, even crocodiles. You can also head to what is known as "Cinnamon Island" and see how cinnamon is manufactured; not to be missed is a chance to visit one of the fish spas located around the banks and enjoy a unique foot treatment courtesy of fish!

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