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Galle fort town, Srilanka (Places to visit in Galle)
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Places to visit in Galle, Srilanka – explore and enjoy the Portuguese colony

A place where we can connect well with nature? Check. A place which has the best places to visit? Check. A place with exciting things to do? Check. Sri Lanka is one such place where the destination offers you anything and everything. Bordering the Indian country, this country is one of the must-visit places in the world. Divided from India by the Palk Strait, this beautiful country is one of the famous island countries in the world. Well known for its worldwide distribution of tea, It adds up a major chunk in their economy after tourism. It also consists of a varied ecosystem living in this country. Termed as “Eezham” in the Tamil literature and as “Lanka” in the Hindu mythology ” Ramayana“, Srilanka as a country dates back long ago. Today we will be looking at places to visit in Galle, a small town in Sri Lanka.

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Places to Visit in Galle

This city is Jewel on the crown. This Portuguese colonized city is one of the best places to visit in Sri Lanka. This is a historic city and also a UNESCO world heritage site. One of the cities which is heavenly while travelling on foot, a city for the wayfarers. The place has dutch colonized buildings, ancient mosques, churches and an old trading port to explore in this city. Just hearing about this city would make anyone excited to visit this place. Wandering through its lanes you will come across stylish cafes and boutiques. The core of Galle is the port, surrounded by ocean on all 3 sides. The Galle fort just seduces its tourists with good ambience and just mesmerized you with its unique experience it gives you is just Lanka’s one unmissable sight. Let us look at the places to visit in Galle.

Galle Fort

This is one of the most brilliant historical and archaeological sites of Galle city. Also known as the Dutch Fort, the fort was initially built by the Portuguese during the 16th Century. One of the best things to do in the Galle Fort is the Galle Lighthouse and Mansion Museum. This one place brings together archaeology, architecture and history. This place is always buzzing with tourists due to the swarm of shops, stores and cafes. This place is one best places to visit in Galle. You get to walk on the Rampants to get the whole panoramic view of the city. A place which is just too good to click as many pictures for your Instagram.

Galle fort (Places to visit in Galle)
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National Museum of Galle

The Sri Lanka that we see today is a young nation, but its civilisation inhabited this place centuries ago. Get an insight into the vibrant history of Sri Lanka in this Museum here. One of the top places to visit in Galle will be without a doubt the National Museum of Galle. It gives the tourists an insight into the relics, arts and history of Srilanka during the Anuradhapura Kingdom. These artefacts date long back to the 3rd century BC. The museum is open to the public from 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM. The entry fees are also not that costly. It is 30 INR per adult and 20 INR per children. This is a must-visit place in this city.

Galle National Museum
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Japanese Peace Pagoda

With the splendid view of the oceans on top of Rumassala Hill, The Japanese Peace Pagoda is one of the best places to visit in the city. Built back in 2004, this humungous white structure discharges purity and serenity. This structure can be spotted from the Galle and beaches of Unawatuna. Walking or driving through the hills is the best way to reach the Japanese Peace Pagoda. Want to witness a breathtaking sunset, visit this monument by the dusk. One of the best places to visit the place, this will be an ideal location for peace lovers. The opening time for the place is from 7 AM – 9 PM.

Japanese Peace Pagoda in SriLanka
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Unawatuna

Unawatuna is like the default that you would have to visit while in Galle. This is one of the most beautiful beaches in the world and the most beautiful place to visit in Galle. This beach is the best place for swimmers due to the calm waters but not a place for surfers. Head to the Jungle beach which is just a short walk away if you wish to do snorkelling and scuba diving. This is one of the day outing places to visit in the city, Galle.

Unawatuna Beach Galle (Places to Visit in Galle)
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Dutch Reformed Church

Dutch Reformed Church is one of the best places to visit in Galle. This particular church tells tales from centuries ago. You will just fall in love with the place if you love historical facts. You will never feel like leaving once you enter the church. explore the place on your own to find out some riveting historical facts or you can even hire a guide if you feel like. Also known as the Groot church, this church got its name as the pulpit of the church was built using Malaysian woods. The timings of the church are between 9 AM to 5 PM. The entry rate of the tickets will be 120 INR per adults and 60 INR per child.

Dutch Reformed Church (Places to visit in Galle)
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Interesting facts about Galle

  • Galle is a city which is easy and compact to roam around.
  • The Galle Fort is a blended architectural style of Portuguese and Sri Lankan architecture. This is also shown in many other buildings around Galle.
  • One of the oldest reminiscent fortress in Asia. Built by Europeans, this is one of the most iconic monuments in Sri Lanka. These are one of the main reasons this fort is a UNESCO World Heritage sites.
  • Galle Fort has a very pleasant tropical climate around the year.
  • Galle like the rest of Sri Lanka predominantly follows Buddhism. Unless they hand out their hands, never touch a monk.

Hope these facts and these places will help you out in planning the best Srilankan trip. Sri Lanka is one of the best places for a tourist to travel. Check the Pickyourtrail website to and get the best Sri Lankan tour packages and coolest deals. Also, keep a check on the website to read some of the fresh contents on travel.

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