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Country rank: 5 out of 40 Places To Visit In Sri-lanka

Sub-Region: Galle District


Ideal duration: 2 days

Best time: February (Read More)

Nearest Airport: Roissy-en-France (Check Flights)


"Fortified city of the Portuguese"

Galle Tourism

Located on the southwestern tip, Galle is one of the most important cities of Sri Lanka. It is located at a distance of 119km from Colombo, the capital and happens to be the fifth largest city in Sri Lanka.

A fantastic specimen of a fortified city, Galle also happens to be the largest fort in Asia that was constructed under European occupation. It was originally called Gimhathitha which translates to 'port near the river Gin'

Hotels in Galle

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  • Summer Dew Villa

    USD 38 /night onwards

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  • Royal Indigo Villa

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The LKR is the local currency in Sri Lanka which replaced the British pound in the country.There are portraits of previous Sri Lankan prime ministers as well as ex-president Mahinda Rajapaksa in the fronts of the bank notes.The backs have Sri Lankan flora and fauna, landscapes, industries as well as pictures showing local culture and history.

1 LKR = 0.46 INR.

The average daily budget of a tourist would depend on whther the travel is luxurious or budget travels. So a budget trip would cost 2500 - 3000 LKR each day.

Theravada Buddhism is the major religion of Galle

Galle has no special customs that need to be observed.

Sinhala and Tamil are spoken mostly. However English is also a language of communication in Galle.

During the Dutch colonial period, the city of Galle reached heights of development during the 18th century. From 1649, the Dutch settlers began fortifying the city and it is now the largest fortified city in Asia by European settlers. The fort is also a heritage site. Devastated by the tsunami in 2006, the city got back on its feet the very next year and the Galle cricket ground which is a spectacular ground was hosting test matches in 2007.

Galle doesn't have a thriving nightlife but the two notable bars to hang out at would be the Koha Surf Lounge known for its good vibes and the Blue Note bar which has friendly staff and great fruit drinks besides alcoholic beverages.

Galle doesn't have a lot of shopping destinations but the most notable ones are - Barefoot known for stylish homeware, Elephant walk for spiced goods, Laksana for jewellery, Mimimango for designer clothes and accessories and MM Ibrahim for designer jewellery.

Seafood is very fresh in Galle and upscale dinig options are plentiful including the Galle Fort Hotel, Mama's Galle Fort and Amangalla

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