GALLE IN A DAY
Galle is a big city, the second largest to Colombo. After visiting Colombo and not being a huge fan, I was hesitant that Galle was going to my dirty and noisy too, fortunately it was not.
The city of Galle is quite relaxing when you get to the water front yet still full of life and energy.
I traveled by from Unawatuna to Galle, which cost 20 rupees and only took 15 minutes. The buses in Sri Lanka are not the smoothest of rides, so hold on tight. I loved gazing out of the window at the gorgeous sea scenery and took my mind off the roller coaster of a bus ride.
This to do in Galle
The old part of Galle is where the fort and light house is. It was built by the Dutch in 1633 and is surrounded by amazing structures dating way back.
You can only enter the fort by its main gate, so don’t make the mistake I did, walking towards the sea. It takes about 1 – 2 hours walking around it all, exploring and relaxing at parts and taking in the gorgeous views.
Galle Fort has a beautiful sunset, so I would recommend getting there in the afternoon, so you do not miss it.
40% of the premises in Galle are owned by foreigners, this has risen the cost of the land here, compared to the rest of Sri Lanka.
Visit some impressive monuments
If if you are not really into monuments the buildings in Galle are some somewhat refreshing. The clock tower was by favorite.
Visit some sights
There are gorgeous sights to visit in Galle here is a list of a few:
– National Maritime Archaeology Museum (Queens St)
– Old Dutch Hospital (Hospital Road)
– All Saints church (Church St)
– De Groote Kerk (Church St)
The best time to visit Galle is around February as it rains most day and is very hot from April Through to October.
There are many beautiful hotels in Galle and many hostels too, depending on your budget. Simply checkout booking.com, this is my favorite company to book though in Asia.
If you would like to know anything else, please comment below and I will be glad to help.