Welcome to Galle


Built by the Dutch, beginning in 1663, Galle's core is the Fort, a walled enclave surrounded on three sides by the ocean. A key part of the Fort’s appeal is that it isn’t just a pretty place. Sure, tourism now dominates the local economy, but this unique city remains a working community: there are administrative offices and courts, export companies, schools and colleges.

Most travellers are utterly seduced by Galle's ambience, and it's undoubtedly southern Sri Lanka's one unmissable sight.


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$110 Day Trips & Excursions

Galle Full-Day Tour

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Weligama FishtheraphyComplete your Galle day tour with a visit to see the amazing Stilt Fishermen in Weligama. The fishermen sit on a cross bar tied to a vertical pole which is planted in the coral reef and the stilt with one hand while seated and carry out rod and line fishing with the other hand. The practice of stilt fishing started about 50 years after the end of the Second World War when fishermen found that fishing off the rocks that protrude over the sea was not enough to catch fish in large numbers, so they started planting discarded metal pipes into the reef and using them to lean against and fish. Over time the fishermen discovered that timber worked just as well as developed the poles into the more modern day versions that we see today. It is a unique sight to behold and one that should not be missed as we watch and marvel at Man's dexterity to overcome any hurdle.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Jungle Beachclimbed down toward the true destination of your day trip — Jungle Beach. Not another person in sight, just twin stretches of deserted sand trapped between the ocean and Rumassala Rock. Having just experienced the soul-crushing lameness of Unawatuna, this beach was exactly what we needed. Peace, solitude and gorgeous nature.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Galle FortGalle Dutch Fort - After learning about the sheer determination of the people through the art displayed at the Tsunami Photo Museum, let us now head down to the Galle Dutch Fort. With a tumultuous history dating back to several centuries, the city’s strategic location made it a hub for trade by sea and subsequently a landing point for the island’s colonial rulers. A fort was built to ensure protection and preservation of the city the Portuguese in early 16th Century and then extensively fortified by the Dutch during the 17th century. Originally the fort was an earthen structure with palisades, a rampart and three bastions and a moat surrounding it. Under the control of the Dutch, they built impregnable fortifications with coral and granite stones and the Fort resembled a small laid out walled town with a rectangular grid pattern of streets full of low houses with gables and verandas.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Tsunami Photo MuseumTsunami Photo Museum - Your next stop will be at the Tsunami Photo Museum which is located in Talwatte. After the devastating Tsunami of 2004, which struck Sri Lanka along with many other countries, the recovery process has been slow, long as well as arduous. The coastal areas were the worst hit and re-development still continues with physical as well psycho-social rehabilitation being one of the most important areas. To ease the process so that people can talk and articulate about the horrors of the Tsunami as well as to provide a place where beauty and art is still in abundance, the Tsunami Photo Museum was established. It is a completely charitable museum which provides free entrance and has drawings, paintings, photographs – art in all its glory – to tell a story of every individual to lived through the Tsunami of 2004.Duration: 1 day 6 hoursStop At: KOSGODA Turtle Conservation and Research CentreTurtle Hatchery - Your day trip to Galle starts with a visit to Turtle Hatchery. Sri Lanka is home to many different wildlife creatures including sea- life and of the seven species of marine turtles in the world; five of them make their way to Sri Lanka to nest throughout the year. The five species of marine turtle nesting in Sri Lanka include the Green Turtle, the Leatherback, and the Hawksbill, the Loggerhead and the Olive Ridley. Established to protect turtles that nest in the Sri Lankan beaches from extinction, the marine turtle hatcheries are operated by the Wild Life Protection Society of Sri Lanka and rely on volunteers to help with their conservation project. You can help release the turtles back into the sea and find out how we can help these endangered species live a little while longer..Duration: 1 hour

$90 Outdoor Activities

Udawalawe National Park Adventure from Galle

We arrange this Udawalawa National park trip as 2 sessions from Galle. Early Morning and Late Morning session. for early morning session Your driver will pick you up from your hotel in Galle or in the nearby area around 3.30am. In the morning 6.00am Reach to The Park and start the morning session of safari, board into the Safari Jeep and 3 - 4 hours of wildlife spotting in Udawalawe National Park. Early-morning arrival gives you a better chance to see more wildlife in some months of the year with ongoing weather and environmental condition of the National park region. including elephants, sloth bears, sambar deer, wild boar, water buffalo, jungle fowl, eagles, monitors, and crocodiles with amazing colorful Nature with morning sunrise. if you are looking forward to start bit late, 6:00am Hotel pickup will be better and we will pick you up around 6:00 am from your staying location in Galle reach to the park 9:00am and start late morning session of the safari. we will inform and advise you about the which session is better for your trip by taking in into consideration of current climate and other several environmental conditions in the Udawalawa national park area which cause wildlife appearance. Please Note: we give the priority to guest requests when arranging the National Park Trip. therefore you could choose your safari session according to your travel schedule. Stopping for lunch en-route in Udawalawe (own cost). If you wish, you have the option to spend 45 minutes at Udawalawe Elephant Transit Home (own cost), which was set up with help from the Born Free Foundation and looks after orphaned elephant calves until they are strong enough to survive in their natural habitat.  If you do early morning session you will be back to your staying hotel at Galle around 1.30pm. otherwise if you do Late Morning session of safari, you will be back to your staying hotel at Galle around 4:30pm. you will be dropped back to the hotel where we picked up from Galle Shuttle service for UNP Safari this tour is a group tour and operate everyday if there are minimum 4 passengers. we will pick up each passenger in centralized location in each area at Galle, Unawatuna,Talpe, Koggala,Ahangama,Weligama, Mirissa. the pick up location will be informed after confirm the reservation. this tour start at 5.30am from Galle fort entrance. if not booked minimum 4 passenger for each day will not operate the tour. given time might be changed upon weather and traffic condition.

$94 Outdoor Activities

Yala National Park Adventure from Galle

We arrange this Yala National park tip as 2 sessions from Galle. Morning and afternoon session. for morning session Your driver will pick you up from your hotel in Galle or in the nearby area around 3.00am. In the morning 6.00am Reach to The Park and start the morning session of safari, board into the Safari Jeep and 3-4 hour of wildlife spotting in Yala National Park. Early-morning arrival gives you a better chance in some months of the year of seeing some of the Park's wild animals, including elephants, sloth bears, sambar deer, wild boar, water buffalo, jungle fowl, eagles, monitors, and crocodiles with amazing colorful Nature. if you are looking forward to the afternoon session of the safari, we will pick you up around 8.00am from your staying location in Galle reach to the park 11.30am. after the lunch start the afternoon session of the safari. we will inform and advise you about the which session is better for your trip by taking in into consideration of current climate and other several environmental conditions in the Yala national park area which cause wildlife appearance.Please Note: we give the priority to guest requests when arranging the National Park Trip. therefore you could choose your safari session according to your travel schedule.Stopping for lunch en-route in Yala(own cost). you have an option to stop by WauruKannala Temple to see the massive statue of Buddha and Image house. spend 30 minutes there. (Entrance fee your own cost)If you do morning session you will be back to your staying hotel at Galle around 2.30pm. otherwise, if you do afternoon session of safari, you will be back to your staying hotel at Galle around 9.00pm. given time might be changed upon weather and traffic condition.

$62.50 Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Whale Watching Cruise from Galle

Depart from your hotel in Galle or Unawatuna bright and early at 5:30am for this 6-hour whale watching cruise. Arrive at Mirissa Harbor and board the comfortable 50-foot (15-meter) passenger vessel. The ship is equipped with life jackets and all necessary safety equipment.With the warm southwest breeze blowing and the bright blue ocean unfurling below, enjoy a complimentary continental breakfast with morning tea onboard. Take plenty of time to gaze out on the water and spot blue whales, humpback whales, killer whales, and whale sharks. Perhaps you’ll also be able to see dolphins or sea turtles.

$20 Kid Friendly

Half-Day Lagoon and Village Cycling Tour in Galle

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Chameera Cycling, Galle, Galle District, Southern Province1. Tour Start & finishing point at our office 2. At the tour operator’s house, you will be provided bottled of water, helmets, bike for your size and tour information. 3. Local guide lead your tour 4. Through small local village to lagoon and mangroves forest 5. Local coir mill ( Sunday and Full Moon poya Day not operating you can visit to see )6. Stop for a refreshing king coconut7. Handloom weaving mill ( Sunday and Full Moon poya Day is Close no visit)8. You will also experience many more things on this tour Duration: 3 hours

$160 Day Trips & Excursions

Weligama, Beach, Galle, and Turtles Private Tour from Colombo

Meet your English-speaking driver at your hotel at 7am and depart Colombo for your 12-hour private tour. After a two-hour ride, arrive at Weligama and spot the stilt fisherman, a practice that dates back to World War II.Visit the gleaming white Rumassala Temple. Wear comfortable shoes and hike through the jungle to reach Jungle Beach, an ideal spot for swimming and snorkeling in the turquoise water. Snorkeling gear is provided, so enjoy the beach for two hours before lunchtime.At 1pm, indulge in a local seafood lunch. Continue on to Galle and admire Galle Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site on the coast. Stop by a spice garden and learn about the turtles at the Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project. At the end of the day, your vehicle will return you to your Colombo hotel.