Galle

Best Time of Year to Visit Galle

The City of Galle can be visited right throughout the year, but if you are hoping to catch the southern coast beaches at its best we recommend you plan your tour between November – March and Mid July – September.

Galle is the best example of a fortified city built by Europeans in South and South East Asia, showing the interaction between European architectural styles and south Asian traditions.

The Galle fort is a world heritage site and the largest remaining fortress in Asia built by European occupiers. Other prominent landmarks in Galle include the natural harbour, the National Maritime Museum, St. Mary’s Cathedral founded by Jesuit priests, one of the main Shiva temples on the island, and Amangalla the historic luxury hotel.

The capital of the southern province is a city with a colourful history. UNESCO declared World Heritage Site the magnificent Dutch fort is the most popular attraction of the town. The 300 year old Dutch atmosphere is still very much alive around the fort and amidst its many historical buildings not invaded by the skyscrapers. The beautiful beach of Unawatuna is just 6km south east of the city centre.
Galle is also famous for the extremely popular world-renowned Galle Literary festival, a must have experience for any book lover.

Tourist attractions in Galle

• Galle Dutch Fort – Historic preserved Dutch Fort with shops and a museum. Built in the 16th Century by the Portuguese and extensively fortified by the Dutch in the
17th Century.
• Galle Lighthouse with a swimming beach.
• Unawatuna Beach with a golden sand beach with palm trees offering activities like snorkelling and scuba diving.
• Maritime Archaeology Museum in a 17th Century Dutch building with artefacts like masks, carvings, ship equipment and armour.