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Top 6 things to do in Galle – Explore the very best of a mellow city

Once you select the colonial city of Galle, Sri Lanka as your next holiday destination, you have nothing to worry about the things that can keep you busy. Check this list out and decide what suits you the best. Keep in mind- Galle is not for sea lovers. It has many experiences awaiting you!


Rent a bike and race away!

As mentioned before, Galle is not just about beaches. Many temples, markets, and attractions are available here for you to explore, and one of the best ways to explore all these is on two wheels. You may either rent a bicycle or a scooter depending on your convenience. Talk to the locals while you are riding, and enjoy a Sri Lankan style 'strong tea' at any roadside shop when you feel like having a break.


Explore the Virgin White Tea Factory

According to online sources such as Truly Sri Lanka touring the Koggala Virgin White Tea Factory is one of the best things to do in Galle. This tea plantation is unique when compared with the other famous tea factories in Sri Lanka due to its location so close to the sea. The adjective 'virgin' is added to the tea produced here because not even the tea leaves get touched by the plucker's bare skin at any moment. Yes, every step in the tea making process here is entirely untouched by human hands!


Explore the Galle Fort

It's one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and that's also why you should not miss out on visiting the Dutch Galle Fort when you are in Galle. Back in the past, Sri Lanka was invaded by the British, Portuguese and Dutch during different periods, and somehow or the other, they all were related to this Dutch Fort. Today, the fort has many exciting cafes, boutique shops, bars, and restaurants, and it also has a lighthouse.


Explore the Galle markets

One of the best places in which you find many interesting shops to peep is the Galle Fort. You find all sorts of souvenirs here including accessories, clothes, wooden masks, and many more and you'll surely love the authenticity they feature.


Learn about the maritime history of Galle

Galle is home to many interesting museums in Sri Lanka, and out of them, one of the most popular is the National Maritime Museum in Galle. Back in 1672, Dutch invaders have housed some exhibits in a warehouse, and the same have been then transferred to this maritime museum which was opened in 1992. From old weapons to coins, this museum has it all!


Enjoy a river safari

A safari ride along the Madhu River is something wonderful you can try out when in Galle. During the safari, you get to explore a lively ecosystem and make sure you take your cameras with you to capture the amazing sights from around. Meet the locals living by the river, and try to understand their lifestyles too.

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