Galle Travel Guide
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- 98%History Buffs
- 51%Art & Design Lovers
- 51%Local Culture
- 51%Green Travelers
- 51%Outdoor Enthusiasts
Member Reviews (14)
- GalleMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsOct 06, 2013
The city of Galle is Sri Lanka's 4th-largest, with a laid-back vibe and friendly people, though in honestly all most people will see of it is the delightful colonial Galle Fort, forming a compact and majestic peninsula on the south edge of town. And that's okay. Prices for food especially within the Fort are quite high by Sri Lankan standards, but the beautiful colonial architecture, walks on the ramparts, and time-warped atmosphere make it well worth it.
The fort might be a tourist trap, and prices for food especially border on the ludicrous (when an espresso costs the same as it does in New York City, it's easy to have to impression that you're being gouged), but it's also easily one of the most charming places in the country.
A sunset walk along the western ramparts, with the waves crashing beneath and the wind in your face, is all that's needed to explain the magic of this place, but there's also a slew of fine art galleries and tons of relentlessly picturesque old colonial houses, many of them beautifully restored. In short, it's an easy place to like, and even if you never venture out of the Fort into the 'real' Sri Lanka, you're sure to enjoy your stay.
- GalleMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 5Feb 25, 2014
A beautiful and laid-back Dutch colonial city on the southwest of Sri Lanka. There aren't really sites to check off here, just absorbing the vibe and walking along the fort walls each evening at sunset.Recommended for:History Buffs
- GalleMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodiesLuxury Travelers+ 1Feb 25, 2014
No visitors trip to Sri Lanka is complete without at least a couple of nights at this coastal city in the south western tip of the island. It's essentially a city of two parts: the main metropolis where you'll find all the colourful street markets and the historical Galle Fort - the colonial footprint of 18th Century Dutch occupiers writ large - which is currently enjoying something of a cultural renaissance with boutique hotels popping up and in the process restoring many of the fort's fine old buildings. The main choice facing any visitor is where to stay and many are attracted by the excellent standards of the Amangalla, the more intimate and affordable Galle Fort Hotel and newcomer The Fort Printers - all within the fort's walls. I tend to favour a private villa away from the fort or the Kahanda Kana - about a 30 minute tuk tuk drive away from Galle - set in its own tea plantation. There's a noticeable European expat community dotted around the area, many of whom are passionate about the restoration of some of the more historically significant buildings. Plenty of day and half day trips to consider to temples and other landmarks around the area, but if there's one thing your time in Galle is best focused on, it's curling up with a good book and relaxing for a few days. A new (toll) highway between Colombo and Galle opened at the end of 2011, significantly reducing the journey time between the capital and the coast.
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