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Galle

4.3
Historic Sites · Gift & Specialty Shops · Nature & Parks
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate. Most of the impressive colonial buildings here, including the UNESCO-protected fort, were built by the Dutch, with the British leaving the fortifications intact when they took over in 1796. As a result, Asia's largest colonial-built fort has protected a wealth of interesting architecture, now housing galleries, cafes, and shops, or fulfilling their initial intended purpose as law courts and administrative buildings. Nearby beach towns provide an altogether different taste of life in the south of the country, and represent popular places to visit when on holiday in Galle. To arrange what you want to do in Galle, use our Sri Lanka driving holiday planner.
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Popular things to do in Galle

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World heritage site
Galle Fort
4.4
Duration: 3 hours
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World heritage site
Sinharaja Forest Reserve
4.2
Duration: 4 hours
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Nature / Park
Sea Turtle Farm Galle Mahamodara
4.3
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Kayaking / Canoeing
Kayaking & Canoeing
4.9
Duration: 4 hours

Side trips from Galle

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Beach
Jungle Beach Unawatuna
3.4
Duration: 3 hours
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Beach
Hikkaduwa Beach Hikkaduwa
4.1
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Beach
Mirissa Beach Mirissa
4.3
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Dolphin / Whale Watching
Dolphin & Whale Watching Mirissa
3.6
Duration: 2h 30 min

Hidden gems in Galle

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Spa
Spas
4.6
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Walking tour
Walking tours
4.7
Duration: 4h 30 min
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Church
Dutch Reformed Church
4.1
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Gift & Specialty Shop
Cara Jewellers
4.8
Duration: 1 hour

Shopping in Galle

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Factory Outlet
Sooriya Weaving
5.0
Duration: 1 hour
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Gift & Specialty Shop
A2 Silver Gallery
5.0
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Gift & Specialty Shop
Careem Jewellers
5.0
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Gift & Specialty Shop
Ibrahim Jewellers
5.0
Duration: 1h 30 min

Historic Sites in Galle

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Historic Site
Meera Mosque
4.1
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Historic Site
Galle Fort Clock Tower
3.8
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Religious Site
Fort Shri Sudarmalaya Buddhist Temple
4.2
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Religious Site
Yatagala Raja Maha Viharaya
4.2
Duration: 1h 30 min

Wildlife in Galle

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Safari
Safaris
5.0
Duration: 8 hours
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Dolphin / Whale Watching
Dolphin & Whale Watching
4.4
Duration: 4 hours