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Top 5 things to do in Galle
Here’s a guide to our favourite things to do in Galle…
1. The fort
The charm of Old Galle lies in the back streets and alleyways of the historic fort. Built by the Dutch in 1663, the Galle Fort offers visitors the chance to see an amazing collection of structures and culture dating back throughout the centuries while enjoying dramatic views over the town and ocean. You can spend hours ambling around the atmospheric old streets of the enchanting time-warped Fort, dotted with Dutch-period villas.
2. Galle International Stadium
Galle is also home to the Galle International Stadium, said to be one of the most picturesque cricket grounds in the world. It is situated near the Fort and fringed on two sides by the Indian Ocean. Before it was brought up to international cricket standards, it was originally known as ‘The Esplanade’, and is the home ground of the Galle cricket club. Even for those who don’t like cricket, this place is stooped in history and holds a very special place in many people’s hearts!
3. The coast
The coast of Galle is stunning. Visitors can kayak, take a fishing trawler to spot dolphins and blue whales as they migrate along the coast, visit the lighthouse, spend the afternoon on the beach. By the coastline, one can also see the Ancient Harbour, or explore fascinating local villages by bike - you may even spot some traditional stilt fishermen along the way. Spend the afternoon exploring the coast before watching the sun set below the horizon.
4. Churches and temples
From the assortment of cultural influences on Galle, a diverse range of religions have influenced the area, and dotted around you’ll find a number of fascinating religious sites. The iconic St Mary’s is a cathedral church of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Galle. The cathedral offers visitors a unique cultural experience based at the heart of catholicism in Sri Lanka. Set within beautiful scenery, the spectacular Kalutara temple offers visitors a cultural and eye opening visit and from the Peace Pagoda, visitors can experience a breath-taking sunset.
5. The National Maritime Museum
Located within the Fort in a colonial Dutch warehouse with imposing pillars, the museum displays an array of marine life from the surrounding seas and artefacts such as preserved material and scaled down models of whales and fish. Learn about traditional methods of fishing with life sized models and gain knowledge on the causes of sea pollution, coast erosion and methods used to combat the problems of modern day practises.