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Galle

Overview

The southwestern coast of Sri Lanka has many peaceful coves and hidden beaches punctuated by small resorts and the thriving town of Galle. Still a major port, Galle has been attracting foreign visitors for centuries. The Portuguese landed in 1589, succeeded by the Dutch in 1640 who built the walled fort which stands to this day and has been declared a World Heritage Site. Enter through the high gateway set in immensely thick walls and you will find a charmingly quiet, almost village-like atmosphere compared to the main part of the town.

It is small enough to explore on foot with your guide who will show you the Dutch church and former spice warehouses, the lighthouse, the clock tower and the post office. In recent years, a number of the merchants’ houses have been bought and converted into shops, cafés and hotels. The multicultural past is reflected in local cuisine and cooking classes or a meal with a local family can easily be arranged.

 

Galle Beaches

The southwestern coast of Sri Lanka has many peaceful coves and hidden beaches punctuated by small resorts around the thriving town of Galle. Whale watching is popular in the winter months around Mirissa, east of Galle. Please ask for more details.

 

Tangalle

The traditional fishing port of Tangalle, 30 miles east of Galle, was used first by the Dutch, who left an elegant fort, and later by the British, who were harvesting tea in the surrounding hills. Tangalle has some of the prettiest coves on the south coast and some wonderful small hotels. A day trip to the rock temple of Mulkirgala is highly recommended.

Hotels

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Galle, Sri Lanka
If you want to be close enough to Galle to pop in for some shopping and lunch but like the idea of staying on a beach in complete luxury, Aditya could be for you. Located about 15 minutes drive up the coast, close to the popular resort of Hikkaduwa, it is an all suite hotel with only 12 rooms.

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Amangalla, Galle
Deluxe

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Galle, Sri Lanka
Known as the New Oriental Hotel for 150 years, internationally renowned Aman Resorts have taken over this heritage building and infused it with contemporary style whilst leaving some of the colonial charm.

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Galle, Sri Lanka
Set between a coconut plantation and a long secluded stretch of beach, this resort hotel lives up to its name. The property offers a variety of facilities and is home to 152 large beach-facing rooms and villas.

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KK Beach, Galle Beaches
Boutique

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Galle, Sri Lanka
A new opening in 2017 from the owner of Kahanda Kanda hotel, which is famous for its creative Sri Lankan dining, KK Beach is a stylish getaway just 10 miles along the coast from Galle.

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Galle, Sri Lanka
Occupying an impressive position on a clifftop 15 miles from Galle, Cape Weligama is a new benchmark in beach luxury. There are 39 spacious suites and villas, refurbished by a famed local designer that are spread around several bungalows within the 12 acres of palm fringed gardens; the suites enjoy private terraces and villas share access to small gardens and outdoor swimming pools.

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Fort Printers, Galle
Boutique

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Galle, Sri Lanka
The perfect blend of the past and present, this 18th century mansion in Galle Fort has served many purposes over the years, most recently as a famous printing press until eventually opening as a hotel.

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Accommodation options in Galle

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