Untouched and unspoiled by the forces of modernity, Galle is the capital city of southern province of Sri Lanka with a colourful history. A UNESCO declared World Heritage Site; the Dutch fort out here attracts a number of tourists. This place is still alive with the 300 year old Dutch history and you can find many historical Dutch buildings and monuments out here. The Dutch Fort, which spreads across 36 hectors, has an amazing collection of structures and culture that dates back to centuries. This fort now houses administrative offices, courts, companies etc. Tourism is Galle is slowly catching a momentum with a lot of boutique hotels coming along, in all those old vintage buildings. Centre of European administration for about 4 centuries, this ancient city is reminiscent of grand Dutch civilisation in Sri Lanka.
offer you a chance to have a close encounter with ancient colonial history of Sri Lanka. Some of the must visit places in Galle are – the Dutch Reformed Port, which was built by the Dutch army at the site of an old Portuguese church; Ahangama, where you can see some of the most unique fishing techniques like silt fishing; the world famous Dutch fort; Koggala which has a museum of Folk, art and culture and one can also go for boat trip in the lagoon and the Koggala Lake here; the Dutch Museum which contains paintings, prints, documents, furniture and ceramics from the Dutch era. Hence every step you take in this historical city will bring you closer to the grand history of the Dutch, one of the most powerful and famous colonial masters of the olden days.
provides a lot of activities for the tourists to do. They can go to the Unawatuna Beach, which is just about 5 kms from the main town and is a good place to hang out, soaking up the sun and just relaxing. You can also shop for many handicrafts that are popular in this place. Some of them are lace making, gem polishing etc. There are some renowned jeweller shops out here. Another important handicraft is carved pieces of Ebony. Or you can just take a taxi or a cab and drive around the city. Accommodation is not a problem as numerous hotels, inns, guest houses, resorts and other types of accommodation are available at affordable cost. The nearest airport is in Colombo. After landing here you can take a bus of taxi to Galle. It is also an international sea port, which is connected to various other sea ports of the world. The best season to visit Galle is the spring, particularly February. It is good to avoid the wet months from May to September.
Thus the seaside town of Galle, with picturesque routes, beautifully stretching coastline, and historical buildings is a perfect destination to have a silent holiday lost in the alleys of history. With a breathtaking view of the ocean this ancient fortified city is slowly catching up on the tourism scale.