Galle is in the Southern Province of Sri Lanka. Galle's old town with its fortifications have been inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Get in

Galle Central Bus Station

From Colombo you can take the train or bus. Both travel right next to the beach coast and have beautiful views.

There are 2 options for bus transport between Colombo and the main bus station in Galle: private a/c minibus and luxury Southern Expressway bus.

Train is slightly less convenient and more infrequent:

Get around

Tuk Tuk or on foot is your best bet if you are traveling in Galle or close by. The Old Town of Galle and its fortifications are within walking distance from the central bus station, so it's better to walk rather than to take a tuk-tuk.

The bus is an easy and cheap way to get to Matara,Unawatuna or Hikkaduwa from Galle.


All Saint's Church
The south ramparts of Galle Fort


Beach of Galle


An around the world sailboat rally (30 boats in 2007) stops in Galle. The rally sails west to the country of Djibouti on the African Continent. Generally, from January to March boats sail in the direction of the Suez Canal.



Fish Market



You will find the best tourist shopping inside the Fort. But you will need to go into town if you want fresh fruits and veggies or clothing



Rampart Hotel, Galle Fort


Galle has quite a few small boutique hotels, budget hotels and hostels and more seem to be cropping up after the tsunami. Within the Galle Fort there is Amangalla (within the renovated Oriental Hotel) and the Galle Fort Hotel. On the outskirts of Galle there is the Sun House.

On the road into Galle from Colombo there is the Lighthouse Resort designed by Bawa, famous architect.


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