Travel Guide to Galle

The complete tour guide to Galle, find information about the city's famous attractions, a list of things to do and much more. Book hotels at the best price and reserve your table at the top restaurants.

Galle Overview

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About Galle

If you like a mixture of history as well as the beach then head over to the southern most major city in Sri Lanka, Galle. It’s currently known as the fourth largest city in the country. Galle not only has a beautiful landscape but is also known as the epitome of a fortified city. Under the reign of the Dutch and Portuguese Galle flourished into a beautiful city that is dotted with various attractions including the famous world heritage site the Galle Dutch Fort.

The pebble streets of the Dutch Fort and the gentle breeze of the Indian Ocean Galle will defitneily help you set the holiday mood!


Getting into Galle

Galle is approximately 112 km away from Colombo (via the highway). The easiest way to travel to Galle is by the Southern Expressway which will take you to the city in about an hour and the drive is quite enjoyable! 

If you want to travel by bus then head over to the Colombo Pettah Bus stand near the Colombo railway station. There are also plenty of trains both luxury and normal leaving Colombo Fort railway station to Galle. Check for the times and the schedule.

If you are going to Galle directly from the airport then it's easier to hire a taxi from the airport itself. Check for more information on rates.

You can also reach Galle via Air taxi which you can book on The plane takes you up to Koggala from where it’s takes 30 minutes to get to the city. There are planes leaving the airport too.


Getting around Galle

The best way to explore Galle is on a bicycle or even by foot. However you can also travel around cities and towns by tuk tuk aka three wheelers. Note that it's a rule of thumb to fix the price before getting into a tuk tuk to avoid paying more than required unless of course the tuk has a meter. It will also help if you can ask locals how much it’s to get to your destination just to be sure you are paying the right amount. Having said that you can also travel by bus which is the most affordable way and you can ask locals to help you. The bus conductors will also be able to help you in any way that they can. Make sure you have small change in the form of coins and notes when going by bus instead of large notes. For example Rs.50, 20, 10 and a few coins.


Where to go and things to do in Galle

Galle is dappled with a variety of activities and the town itself is central to sunny beach locations such as Unawatuna. For those interested in the historical side of Galle visit the Galle fort, and the National Maritime Museum. You can also visit coral ridden Hikkaduwa which is a short ride away. Scroll above and click on our 'What to see' section to discover and explore more of Galle.