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5 Unique Things To Do In Galle

Jan 21, 2020
Galle Fort

Galle has become a haven for many a traveller, as its heritage, along with its exotic beauty always entice. The result being an influx of travellers from around the world coming to explore the Galle Fort and the relaxing beaches of Unawatuna. However, there are many other attractions and things to do that deviate from the path well-travelled. Here are just five unique things to do when in Galle.

Moonstone Mine

The moonstone mine in the little town of Meetiyagoda is often an overlooked gem of the southern coast, as it is one of the major sources for the semi-precious moonstone in the island. The mine showcases the laborious process undertaken to unearth the unique stone. Multicoloured in its uncut state, the stone eventually takes either a colourless, yellow, orange, grey, or even reddish colour. It is often in this particular mine that the rare blue variant can be found. Engage in a tour and learn about the intricate process.

Spice Garden

The spice garden, located just a few kilometres away from the heritage confines of the Galle Fort, is an interesting feature in the southern coast. Stroll through the winding pathways and take in the aromas and sights of the unique flora that grown within. From the common curry tree (karapincha), pepper, and lemongrass to the more uncommon bourbon vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg and mace, the spice garden is a treasure trove to explore. All the spices grown have various uses such as for cuisine, medicine and even as insect repellents. Choose from the various spices that you could use for your day to day activities.

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Silk Factory

Silk has long been a fabric that guarantees comfort and showcases style, and that is exactly what the silk factory in Galle does. From the extraction to the weaving to the designing, and to the final textile product, the silk factory offers anyone and everyone a comprehensive tour through the mulberry plantations in which they nurture the silkworm to produce the finest silk for production. Join an exploration of this factory to learn more.

Wood Carving

One part of the local heritage that is often not visible to many who travel is the artistic touch of the sculptors. One such artistic flair that often stands out is the wood carving industry, which are scattered throughout the city. Partake in a tour and you will be able to witness the very craftsmen at work and more. You will also be given a brief lecture on how the wood carving industry evolved since the days of old. Be it the tools used to the unique ingredients to give out a special colour, you are sure to be mesmerised.

Gem Museum

Explore a world filled with precious and semi-precious rocks elegantly fused with precious metals, such as gold and platinum. Walk through the aisles and witness the unique gemstones found in the island on display. The precious stones that include emeralds, rubies and sapphires are sure to entice. Couple that with designer jewellery and other semi-precious stones like topaz and aquamarine, and you are sure to walk out with a trinket for a souvenir.

Famished after a day of exploring these unique attractions? Head over to AQUA Forte for a delectable Italian meal and a fine wine to end your day in Galle Fort.

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