Being one of Sri Lanka’s great mini destinations, there’s plenty of things to do and places to see in Galle. Our curated collection of absorbing experiences in Galle celebrates its many facets, from Galle Fort walks to whale watching in Mirissa.
Galle Fort, a treasure trove of antiquities, shops and cafes, is best explored on foot, either on your own or, for more a more in-depth insight, with a knowledgeable guide. If you’re interested in hands-on cultural interaction, you could craft traditional masks at the Galle Fort workshop of a notable local artist, or, if Galle’s glittering gems prove irresistible, why not learn about a world-renowned sapphire producer on a private visit to their mine?
Galle’s tropical beaches offer quiet, sunny charm, and surfing hotspots include Devata, Midigama and Weligama, while blue whale watching cruises embark from Mirissa’s vibrant local harbour. Peddle through Galle’s verdant paddy- and coconut palm-dominated surroundings on a guided bicycle tour or absorb yourself completely in a jungle yoga class. Close to Koggala Lake is a lowland tea plantation, which offers fascinating estate tours.