Places To See: Galle In Sri Lanka


Travel alert! Are you planning a trip recently? Well, guess what? This article bumping into you is actually a sign from the universe for you to finally pay a visit to the beautiful country of Sri Lanka. This country resting in the Indian Ocean, south of Asia, offers an unparalleled edp experience. With some interesting mythological history and absolutely stunning geography, Sri Lanka is what you need to check off your bucket list. The country is surrounded by water, so it’s basically a trip to an island, only that island is huge enough to be a country. Of course, there are a variety of places, especially beaches, that you can enjoy in Sri Lanka, but for now, let’s narrow our attention to the captivating city of Galle. This Sri Lankan city, on the shore of the Indian Ocean, is going to impress you in the next 2 to 3 minutes. So buckle in, and get ready for a nice trip brief.

Places To See: Galle In Sri Lanka
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Galle is a beautiful city south of Colombo, on the southwest coast of Sri Lanka. The city was established during the 16th century by the Portuguese colonies. So, yes, it can give you some really real colonial-era vibes. The aesthetics do not stop here. As the city saw a change in rule from time and again, giving it a mix of Dutch and British rule. The city justly demonstrates interaction and coordination between Portuguese architectural style and the local traditions of Southeast Asia.

Best time to travel

Places To See: Galle In Sri Lanka
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Well, Galle is on the Indian Ocean coast and is a coastal city, so it is obvious that it sees wind and humidity quite a lot. However, the time between December to April is the best time to plan a trip to Galle and Sri Lanka in general. As the weather will be much better and you won’t face uneasy rain from time to time to ruin your plans.  However, this does not mean that you cannot visit the place in other months. The county and the city still have a lot to offer during the not-so-best months.

You’ll love Galle if…

  1. You are a history buff
  2. You like being near the water
  3. You’re interested in Portuguese and Dutch architecture
  4. You want to witness the influence of colonialism

Where should you head to?

The Galle Fort

Places To See: Galle In Sri Lanka
via Wikimedia Commons/Diwyanjalee Wanigasekara

The Galle Fort goes without saying. It is considered one of the most hailed and attractive tourist attractions. It is a world heritage site.

 The Galle Lighthouse

Places To See: Galle In Sri Lanka
via Wikimedia Commons/Indi Samarajiva

The Galle lighthouse opened in 1848 and is the oldest Sri Lankan lighthouse. It offers a spectacular view. 

Unawatuna Beach

Places To See: Galle In Sri Lanka
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For Water activities and an ethereal view of stunning water and golden sand. 

Jungle Beach 

Places To See: Galle In Sri Lanka
via Wikimedia Commons/Abdurrahman MS

It is a small yet beautiful stretch with a touch of lush green jungle. 

The Galle Fort Clock Tower

Places To See: Galle In Sri Lanka
via Wikimedia Commons/Sylvia Berger

A tower that overlooks the central Moon Bastion 

What you shouldn’t miss

The The National Museum of Galle 

via Wikimedia Commons/Dan arndt

A museum built in 1656;  a creation of the Dutch ruling. 

The Lighthouse street

via Wikimedia Commons/Saqib Qayyum

And taste the local flavors of Sri Lanka.

Groote Kerk or the Dutch Reformed Church

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Built by the Dutch in 1700s; one of the oldest Protestant churches still in use in Sri Lanka.

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