Galle is a destination that one shouldn’t miss in Sri Lanka! From the rich cultural heritage to the impeccable beaches, the seaside town in the southern coast of Sri Lanka is quite promising. At Galle, the colonial buildings set up by the Dutch blend perfectly with the tropical setting of the beaches.
Here are the top 7 things that you must do when you are in Galle:
1. Rediscover the Galle Fort
One of the main reasons why Galle is famous worldwide, is because of the majestic Galle fort. A simple walking tour around the UNESCO world heritage site promises a breathtaking view! From the ramparts to the old gate, this fort reflects a mix of both South Asian and European culture.
2. Visit the Galle National Museum
The national museum is known for it’s Dutch architecture and one of the oldest from the Dutch era. This museum is home to antique Dutch cutlery, weapons, furniture and much more! It has an array of anthropological and archaeological displays on Galle’s history, culture and tradition. A must visit for all the history buffs out there!
3. Cycle it out!
With a scenic countryside view of Galle, the cycling paths make you experience the best of Sri Lankan heritage and nature. Paddy fields, small villages and the lush green grasslands add to the charm of the entire cycling experience.
4. Dutch Reform Church
Located in the premises of Galle fort, this church dates back to the 18th century. Due to it’s intriguing facts and the gravestones paved floor, this church flocks a lot of tourists throughout the seasons. The church aims to promote a healthy co-existence amongst all the races and religions on the island.
5. Go Whale watching!
Yes you heard it right! A one of a kind experience of watching these majestic whales should totally be on your #TravelGoals list. Mirissa beach and Dondra point both easily accessible from Galle are the perfect spots to go whale watching!
6. Go for a Spa
Sri Lanka is known for it’s healing and relaxing massages based on Ayurvedic principles of vata, pitta and kapha. Indulge in these world class spas and rejuvenate your mind and body. Galle fort and Unawatuna are major centers for authentic spas in Sri Lanka.
7. Scuba diving yo! :
Sri Lanka is renowned for water sports and Galle is one of the main hubs for the same. A thirty minute drive from Galle takes you to Hikkaduwa beach which houses marine flora and fauna that one should definitely witness in the natural habitat. From beginner to master level diving, you can experience it all according to your preferences.
So what are you waiting for? Get those backpacks on and explore Galle now!
Source : DM