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Things To Do Around Galle Fort

Jun 11, 2019
Galle Fort

After indulging in a delicious authentic Italian meal at our restaurant in Galle Fort stroll along the cobblestoned streets and discover the treasures along the way, like the Groote Kerk, the towering lighthouse or the bricked clock tower. Once you’re done exploring the charming old town, here are some things to do around Galle Fort.

Yala National Park

Embark on a thrilling safari through Sri Lanka’s most famed national park teeming with a variety of wildlife species from exotic leopards to gentle elephants. Yala National Park is located approximately 173km from Galle Fort and our restaurant, making it a great day trip if you’re staying in the old colonial town. An early start, at the break of dawn, is believed to be the best time to spot the park’s most elusive creatures. Keep your eyes open and remember not to make any loud sounds when you’re inside the park so as not to disturb the wildlife.

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Kottawa Rainforest

The Kottawa Rainforest is one of Galle’s best-kept secrets. Located approximately 17km from the town, the reserve is a quiet, serene haven home to approximately 170 tree species; of which around 100 are endemic. Enjoy a stroll under a canopy of towering trees and admire the beautiful and exotic fauna that thrives here, from vibrant butterflies and slithery snakes to giant squirrels and excited monkeys. The reserve belongs to the Kottawa Kombala Conservation Forest encompassing an area of 1,800 hectares. Open from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm, head over here to spend your day away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

Whale Watching in Mirissa

Located 42km from the ramparts of the Galle Fort, set sail to the depths of the Indian Ocean on an exciting expedition as you search for the gentle giants of the sea. The tropical waters around the island attract a variety of whale and dolphin species like Spinner and Bottlenose Dolphins, Bryde Whale, Sperm Whale, Pilot Whale and the largest animal in the world; the Blue Whale. Boats depart the harbour at 6:00 am and arrive back to the docks around 11:00 am. Apply sunscreen and wear light, comfortable clothing before you set sail.

Water Sports in Bentota

If you’re looking for adrenaline-pumping activities near Galle, around 70km away lies the quiet fishing town of Bentota. From jet ski rides to banana boat rides, slow river cruises through lush mangroves and so much more, Bentota is best known for its abundance of water sports.

Peace Pagoda

The Japanese Peace Pagoda is set on the summit of Rumassala Hill, approximately 6km away from Galle Fort. A short ride away, trek through shaded paths until you reach the pristine temple overlooking the beautiful coast and the alluring waters of the Indian Ocean. The pagoda was built to promote peace on the island.

After a day of exploring and admiring the natural beauty of Sri Lanka and its charming attractions, head back to AQUA Forte for a delicious meal and treat yourself to some of our mouth-watering desserts. It’ll be the ideal end to a perfect day! Make sure to reserve your table – call us on +94 76 119 0532.

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