Throughout history, the honey-hued shores of Galle have attracted travellers from far and wide. Today, many people frequent the city to explore the historic Galle Fort, laze on the palm-fringed beaches of Unawatuna or just enjoy the other regional experiences. Due to its proximity to Colombo, as well as its accessibility via the highway, Galle is a wonderful destination for a quick weekend getaway.
As we come out of lockdown and gear up for the start of the South Coast season, here are some things to do in Galle on your next visit to this vibrant coastal city.
Visiting the Galle Fort is one of the most popular things to do in Sri Lanka. This UNESCO World Heritage Site was originally built by the Portuguese in the 16th century, but it was only the Dutch who fortified it and made it the magnificent structure it is today. With rambling cobblestone streets, gorgeous Dutch villas and several historical sites, the Galle Fort is certainly one of the best tourist places open after lockdown.
While you’re discovering the numerous things to do in Galle Fort, be sure to stop by AQUA Forte, our authentic Italian fine dining restaurant in the heart of Galle Fort. Being one of the best places to visit in Galle for couples and groups alike, we offer a range of delectable regional Italian dishes and have an extensive selection of fine wines, to ensure you have a memorable fine dining experience. We also have private dining options should you desire a bit more privacy. We adhere to all of the health and safety protocols, making AQUA Forte one of the best places to visit.
Last year, Sri Lanka opened its first underwater museum just off the coast of Galle. The aim of this museum is to form an artificial coral reef over time to further enhance the abundance of marine life in the area. The museum consists of a collection of sculptures that have been placed 50 feet (15 meters) underwater close to the Galle harbour. Although this underwater sculpture museum is open year-round, it’s best to go between November and April as this is when the weather and visibility are at their best. Also, please note that you must be PADI certified to visit the underwater museum.
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Another exciting activity to include in your day out in Galle is visiting a sea turtle hatchery around Galle. About an hour away from Galle is the small town of Kosgoda that is a famous sea turtle nesting site. Here, along Kosgoda’s palm-fringed beach there are numerous sea turtle hatcheries and rescue centres as different species of turtles lay their eggs on this quiet beach. Visit one of these hatcheries to learn more about these fascinating creatures, and if you’re in luck, you might be able to witness baby turtles being released into the ocean.
Rolling green hills covered in beautifully manicured tea gardens is a hallmark of Sri Lanka’s central hills. However, did you know that you could visit a gorgeous tea estate right here along the south coast? The Handunugoda Tea Estate is a low-lying tea estate famed for producing the revered virgin white tea. Spend the afternoon walking through the estate and find out how white tea is made.
With so many attractions in and around Galle, you will certainly need to rest and recharge. Drop by AQUA Forte to enjoy some delicious food paired with some exquisite wines as you explore Galle and its surroundings. Make a reservation today.