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1. Explore Galle Fort

Explore Galle Fort

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The Galle Fort, located on the southern coast of the country, is one of the five historical monuments which one must visit when in Sri Lanka. The fort was initially built by the Portuguese and was later modified by the Dutch. Today the Galle Fort is also declared as a UNESCO World Heritage site and is a stunning blend of architecture, archaeology and history amidst a beautiful tropical setting.

2. Galle Fort Lighthouse

Galle Fort Lighthouse
4.6 /5

3 km
from city center
2 out of 31
places to visit in Galle

Galle Fort Lighthouse, one of the oldest in Sri Lanka, is a coastal lighthouse inside Galle Fort. Initially built in 1848, it is one of the most visited attractions of the fort due to its picturesque surroundings, perfect for a serene stroll or an Instagram-worthy photo. It is important to note that visitors are not allowed to climb to the top of the lighthouse.

3. Old Dutch Market

Old Dutch Market
4.3 /5

3 km
from city center
3 out of 31
places to visit in Galle

Galle is much more than the historic fort and its attractions. The Old Dutch Market in Galle is one of the unique remnants of colonial times. As the name suggests, it is a marketplace, popular amongst locals as well as tourists for selling some of the freshest and exotic produce in all of Galle.

4. Jungle Beach

Jungle Beach

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One of the lesser unknown treasures of Unawatuna is Jungle Beach. Located between Unawatuna and Galle, right next to the jungle is the beautiful and calm Jungle beach. The beach is not as easy to visit as compared to the other beaches of the city, but you can access it either by walking on foot and making a trekking trip out of it or even take a boat ride which will become a whole new experience for you.

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5. Dutch Reformed Church

Dutch Reformed Church
4.5 /5

3 km
from city center
5 out of 31
places to visit in Galle

The Dutch Reformed Church, also known as De Groote Kerk, is a church located inside the Galle Fort. Built in 1755, it is the oldest Protestant church in Sri Lanka and continues to be in use today. The Dutch Reformed Church is mostly renowned for its fascinating interiors. This piece of colonial architecture houses interesting relics as a testament to its long history, such as an organ, pulpit and stunning stained glasswork. Distinctive memorial tablets of former commanders of Galle serve as a reminder of the Dutch colonialists. A belfry whose origins lie in the early 18th century stands opposite the church.

6. Historical Mansion Museum, Galle

Historical Mansion Museum, Galle

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The Historical Mansion Museum is inside the Galle Fort and is more of an antique shop than a museum. It belongs to a single family and has a great display of their family antique collection. The museum proves to be a fantastic sightseeing spot for those interested in the history of Sri Lanka.

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7. Flag Rock

Flag Rock
4.2 /5

3 km
from city center
7 out of 31
places to visit in Galle

Flag Rock is an erstwhile bastion situated in the southernmost corner of Galle Fort. Formerly a signalling point, today it is a favourite spot for locals and tourists alike to unwind after sightseeing at the fort.

8. Unawatuna Beach

Unawatuna Beach

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Unawatuna is one of the most popular attractions in Sri Lanka, which draws both tourists as well as the locals to its everlasting beauty. This banana shaped beach, with its golden sand, sparkling water, and lush palm trees is the perfect place to relax and spend some quality time with your family. There are sunbeds available for you to sit back relax and enjoy your day with a drink.

9. Japanese Peace Pagoda

Japanese Peace Pagoda

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The Peace Pagoda is on the hillside of the Galle Fort and is a beautiful and peaceful place to visit. The Mahayana sect built the Peace Pagoda as an initiative to establish peace in the Sri Lankan conflict zone. The Pagoda is a spectacle to witness, especially when you view it from the side of Unawatuna, which makes it look like it has grown out of the jungle.

10. Koggala Turtle Hatchery

Koggala Turtle Hatchery

14 km
from city center
10 out of 31
places to visit in Galle

Turtle hatchery of Koggala opened in the year 1996 on the fringes of Koggala town. It is a turtle farm which is a crucial breeding spot for the endangered sea turtles and also an care centre for crippled, blinded and wounded turtles.

11. Hikkaduwa Beach

Hikkaduwa Beach

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The island of Sri Lanka brings to you beaches that are popular for their beauty and surfing spots. One such cosy beach town in Sri Lanka is Hikkaduwa. Located in south-west Sri Lanka, Hikkaduwa is endowed with palm trees by the shorelines, clean blue waters all this alongside the backdrop of the warm sun.

12. Old Gate

Old Gate
3.7 /5

3 km
from city center
12 out of 31
places to visit in Galle

Old Gate is a point of entry to Galle Fort at Queen Street. The Dutch originally built the gate, but later modified by the British. On the outside, the arch on the gate is adorned by the British coat of arms, the phrase ‘Dieu et Mon Droit’ and a plaque with the year 1668 inscribed on it. Inside the fort, the arch is decorated with the Dutch coat of arms, the letters VOC (Verenigde Oostindische Compagnie, which translates to the Dutch East India Company) and a plaque below it with the letters ANNOMDCLXIX.

13. Amangalla

Amangalla
3.8 /5

3 km
from city center
13 out of 31
places to visit in Galle

Amangalla is a luxury hotel within the confines of the Galle Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Ste. With a history dating back to the late 17th century, the building is currently a part of Aman Resorts, an international luxury hotel chain.

14. Galle International Cricket Stadium

Galle International Cricket Stadium

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Galle International Stadium is a cricket stadium in Galle, Sri Lanka, situated near the Galle fort and surrounded on two sides by the Indian Ocean. It is considered to be one of the most picturesque cricket grounds in the world.

15. Whale Watching in Mirissa

Whale Watching in Mirissa

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15 out of 31
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Mirissa is hugely famous for its whale watching and dolphin watching activities. Whale watching in Mirissa allows visitors to enjoy watching them swim and play in their natural habitat. It is a completely unforgettable experience and a must-see for kids.

16. Dalawella Beach

Dalawella Beach

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When in Unawatuna, make it a point to visit the famous Dalawella beach. If you are looking for a quieter escape from the main beach, head out to the Dalawella beach. The beach is the ideal location to spend some quiet and quality time with your family or loved ones, while you relax, sunbathe and swim under the beautiful blue sky.

17. Sinharaja Forest Reserve

 Sinharaja Forest Reserve

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Sinharaja Forest Reserve is one of the very few virgin rainforests in the world, which is why it is one of the UNESCO World Heritage! The unique relation of flora and fauna in this forest makes it one of the hotspots in the world. The forest is only 13 km in the stretch and around 7 to 8 km from north to south. The entire forest has remained untouched till date due to its inaccessibility.

18. Surfing in Galle

Surfing in Galle

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Galle is one of the best destinations to practice surfing in Sri Lanka. One can rent a surfboard and ride waves individually, or beginners can get an instructor to brush up on the basics. Professionals can even catch bigger waves at the beaches in and around Galle.

19. Koggala Lake

Koggala Lake

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Koggala is a beautiful picturesque place which is dotted with some beautiful islands and temples. One of the major attractions here is the Koggala Lake which is embellished with almost eight ecologically rich small islands which enhance the beauty of the whole experience.

20. Ahungalla Beach

Ahungalla Beach

35 km
from city center
20 out of 31
places to visit in Galle

Situated in the Ahungalla town in the Galle district, Ahungalla beach is a great place to relax and spend some peaceful time; especially with the beach being relatively less crowded than the others in Sri Lanka.

21. Induruwa Beach

Induruwa Beach

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Located in Induruwa village in Bentota town in Sri Lanka, Induruwa beach is a serene white sandy beach that is a perfect spot to surf, sunbathe and chill with friends and loved ones.

22. National Maritime Museum

National Maritime Museum
4.3 /5

2,675 km
from city center
22 out of 31
places to visit in Galle

Listed by UNESCO, the National Maritime Archaeology Museum occupies a 1671-built Dutch warehouse above the Galle Fort Old Gate. The museum introduces Sri Lanka’s history of navigation, marine life and anthropology, with 3,600 archaeological exhibits of sea-faring, maritime trade, scaled-down whale models, natural coral beds, deep sea fish, and life-size dioramas of traditional fishing. The final exhibit portrays methods to combat sea pollution.

23. National Museum

National Museum
4.3 /5

2,673 km
from city center
23 out of 31
places to visit in Galle

Occupying a single-storey colonnaded mansion built in 1656, the National Museum of Galle is Galle Fort’s oldest remaining Dutch building. The museum upholds Sri Lanka’s Portuguese, Chinese and Dutch heritage with displays of traditional furniture, weapons, turtle shell ware, ebony, ivory, melamine and bronzeware, lacework, statuettes, gold-plated life-size statues of Chinese Admiral Zheng He and Faxian.

24. Sea Turtle Hatchery Centre, Mahamodara

Sea Turtle Hatchery Centre, Mahamodara
4.5 /5

3 km
from city center
24 out of 31
places to visit in Galle

Sea Turtle Hatchery Centre is a family-run conservation centre rescuing turtles in danger of losing their lives to fishing industries when caught in nets or hunted for meat. The centre features tanks for injured and newly-hatched turtles and is currently home to 40 turtles of four different species. In addition, visitors can enjoy guided tours of the farms and incubation centres.

25. Galle Fort Clock Tower

Galle Fort Clock Tower
4.6 /5

3 km
from city center
25 out of 31
places to visit in Galle

Constructed on the site of the former guard room, Galle Fort Clock Tower is a longstanding landmark within the ramparts of Galle Fort. Surrounded by old Dutch ruins, this four-storey-tall stone monument with a large clock face hails from 1883 and overlooks the oceanfront central Moon Bastion and Galle Cricket Stadium. There is a scenic stone ramp and walkway alongside.

26. Rumassala South Beach

Rumassala South Beach
4.7 /5

4 km
from city center
26 out of 31
places to visit in Galle

Locally called Jungle Beach, Rumassala South Beach is a secluded cove draped in verdant tropical forests and a colourful coral reef a few kilometres off the shore. Owing to the long shoreline of blond sands and excellent underwater visibility, this beach in Unawatuna is popular for snorkelling, swimming and sunbathing. There are several small seafood shacks, eateries and bars here.

27. Shri Sudharmalaya Buddhist Temple

Shri Sudharmalaya Buddhist Temple
4.7 /5

3 km
from city center
27 out of 31
places to visit in Galle

Situated in the heart of the Dutch precinct, Sri Sudharmalaya Buddhist Temple dates back to 1889 and is Galle’s only Buddhist temple with hints of European architecture. In front of the temple is a large reclining Buddha statue, a small stupa, and an unusual bell which indicates the presence of a church at one time. The main prayer hall features stunning Buddha statues, murals and gongs.

28. Spas in Galle

Spas in Galle
4.4 /5

2 km
from city center
28 out of 31
places to visit in Galle

With scenic settings such as the interiors of Galle Fort, beside the ocean and in the old Dutch neighbourhood, the spas in Galle offer rejuvenating massages, scrubs, beauty treatments, and hot and cold plunge pools, and yoga lessons, steam rooms, saunas and much more. So whether you wish to relax after a day of sightseeing or get ready for a party, the best spas in Galle for men and women are Olu Spa, Galle Fort Spa, Spa Ceylon Royal Court, Spa Sandeshaya, and Niyagama House.

29. Meeran Jumma Masjid

Meeran Jumma Masjid
4.7 /5

3 km
from city center
29 out of 31
places to visit in Galle

Sat next to the Utrecht lighthouse, Meeran Jumma Masjid is the only mosque inside Galle Fort. With an alluring whitewashed facade, this mosque has been operational since the 1750s. Unlike other mosques with Islamic details, Jumma Masjid showcases Victorian and Baroque architecture, a European-style atrium, and stained glass windows like churches. Separate prayer areas for women and men are available.

30. Martin Wickramasinghe House & Folk Museum

Martin Wickramasinghe House & Folk Museum
4.7 /5

14 km
from city center
30 out of 31
places to visit in Galle

Once the home of the famous Sri Lankan author, Martin Wickramasinghe Folk Museum sits amidst gardens dotted with tropics on Galle-Matara Main Road. The main building features stunning displays depicting the lives of Lankan fishermen, colonial crockery, traditional masks, ancient Jewellery, a Buddhist culture exhibit, and the author’s bedroom and study.

31. Dutch Hospital Shopping Precinct

Dutch Hospital Shopping Precinct
4.4 /5

106 km
from city center
31 out of 31
places to visit in Galle

The Old Dutch Hospital is Galle’s longest-standing Dutch colonial building, now converted into a high-end shopping and dining precinct. Preserving its historic 17th-century architecture, this UNESCO-listed heritage building is now occupied by the Dutch Hospital Shopping Precinct overlooking the turquoise ocean. The complex features two central courtyards and long collonaded verandas with multi-cuisine restaurants, bars, coffee shops and souvenir stores.

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What are the top activities in Galle?

The top activities in Galle are Udawalawe National Park Safari Tour, Galle and Surrounding Areas Full Day Tour, Galle Private Car Charter, Whale Watching at Unawatuna Jungle Beach , Traditional Fishing Trip in Galle, Surfing Lessons in Weligama.

What are the top sightseeing places in Galle?

The top sightseeing places in Galle are Old Dutch Market , Flag Rock, Dutch Reformed Church, Amangalla, Old Gate, Galle Fort Lighthouse.

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