A Quick Guide to Galle, Sri Lanka

This blog post features links and information which have been obtained on a press trip. However, as always, all opinions shared in this post are my own.

Situated in the south of Sri Lanka is the historic city of Galle and the Unesco World Heritage Site Galle Fort. Galle is unlike anywhere else in Sri Lanka and is well worth visiting on a trip to the country. 

On my ten-night tour of Sri Lanka, I only visited Galle for half a day. However, when I revisit the country, I plan to spend at least three nights here. So, what makes Galle so special?

Galle is a compact epitome of Sri Lanka. It combines incredible coastal landscapes with history, local charm and fantastic food. Honestly, what’s not to love?

The city of Galle has become a digital nomad hotspot, with many people living and working here for weeks at a time. As a result, the food scene here is modern, with coffee shops and cafes serving a twist on traditional dishes.

However, just because nomads love it here doesn’t mean Galle isn’t authentic. Galle is very much a living and working city with plenty of locals.

One of the things I love most about Galle is how easy it is to get around. The entire city is walkable. In fact, unlike many locations, I’d advise against hiring a scooter for fear of missing out on the city’s charm.

Unlike other major cities in Sri Lanka, finding a large-scale, corporate-owned hotel in Galle is difficult. Instead, most accommodation is in restored buildings owned and operated by local families.

Of course, the main attraction in Galle is the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Galle Fort. Inside the Fort, you’ll find

  • Galle Dutch Church: Built by the Dutch in the 17th century.
  • National Maritime Museum: Maritime history & marine ecosystems.
  • National Museum of Galle: Located inside the oldest Dutch building in Galle.
  • Meera Mosque: This prayer space has been used by Muslims for three centuries.
  • All Saints Anglican Church: Gothic Revival church built from rock.

However, don’t let that be the only thing you do in Galle. There are plenty of other fantastic attractions in and around the city. Some of my favourites include:


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