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Top 06 Things to do in Galle – A fun must-visit seaside destination in Sri Lanka

Exotic, charming, and full of history, Galle is a must-visit destination in Sri Lanka. From discovering famous attractions, rich historic sites, panoramic sunset viewpoints, and some great restaurants and cafes, Galle has a lot to offer. Here are the top 05 things to do while visiting.

1

Visit the iconic Galle Fort Lighthouse

Enveloped by swaying palm tree the iconic postcard-perfect Galle Lighthouse is an instantly recognisable feature located in the historic Dutch Galle Fort. Dating back to 1848, the lighthouse is still very much in use and makes for a great location to take some fantastic Instagrammable photos.

2

Take a walk on the ramparts of the Galle Fort

A walk around the fort is around 2kms and is best done in the early morning or evening when the heat is manageable. You can follow the 'Fort Walk'' starting from the Clock Tower, pass the Main Gate and Dutch Reform Church. Before following the walls towards the Triton Bastion and Flag Rock.

3

Catch a tropical sunset

There is nothing like catching a tropical sunset, and it's one of the best things to do in Galle, Sri Lanka. The best place to watch a sunset is the Triston Bastion towards 5.30 pm in the evening. It's a happy affair with locals and tourists thronging to the wall to see the last of the day off. There are vendors selling ice cream, pickle, and other varieties of street food which you can sample while here as well.

4

Hit the shops along Pedlar's street

Pedlar's Street located within the Galle Fort is lined with countless boutiques, spice and gem stores, art galleries, and handicrafts stalls. This is the best place to shop in Galle especially if your keen to take home gifts and souvenirs for friends and family. Some stores to consider visit include, Exotic Roots, MimiMango, Stick No Bills, and Koccoriko Paola's shop. The street can also be reached easily from many luxury accommodations in and around Galle including the Fortress Resort and Spa as well.

5

Have lunch at Poonie's Kitchen

One of the coolest cafés in town, Poonie's Kitchen serves incredible, fresh, and organic salad bowls which will not disappoint avid foodies. Poonie's specialises in progressive and nutritious food which pays homage to Sri Lankan flavours. Top dishes to treat yourself to while here include the Thali salad, the Thai prawn soup with pumpkin, and for dessert their famous carrot cake.

6

Appreciate the colonial architecture

Getting lost among the old-world charm of the laneways and the Dutch colonial-style buildings of Galle Fort is an absolute must while visiting the city of Galle. Some sights and attractions to visit include the Dutch Reform Church which dates back to 1640, the Old Dutch Hospital, a former hospital dating back to the 18th century, All Saints Anglican Church, Meeran Mosque, and the Sudharmalaya Temple. This is best done during the early morning or evening as the heat can be fierce and draining during the day.

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