In case you’re contemplating where to head out for that all-important family vacay, then consider traversing through the history and laidback vibes which overhang the port city of Galle.

Wander through the Galle Fort

First built by the Dutch and thereafter, improved by the Dutch settlers, the glorious site of the Galle Fort ought to rank high on not just yours but also on your family’s list of priorities. Make your way through the ramparts that stretch out across town, and pause by the magnificent lighthouse before beelining for the bastions that continue to withstand the test of time.

Grab a bite to eat at Pedlar’s Inn Café

You need not venture too far away from the Fort to satisfy your palate as within this colonial era edifice is the charming Pedlar’s Inn Café. Featuring a menu that covers Western specialities, Sri Lankan dishes and an ice cream bar that will surely entice the kids, Pedlar’s Inn café is a ‘must do’ whenever the name Galle is mentioned of.

Get your wet suit on

Explore Galle
Explore Galle – Photo by Dinuka Lankaloka on Unsplash

Being in Galle shouldn’t necessarily mean that you surround yourself with all things laidback and easy paced for the city’s beaches are a sought-after meeting point for water sporting enthusiasts. Whether a beginner or skilled practitioner, you can pick and choose from body boarding, diving and snorkelling to enhance your time in Sri Lanka’s deep south. In this sense, residing at KK Beach Galle which is among the luxury hotels Galle has to offer will be a step in the right direction.

Hike through Kanneliya Rainforest

Have an expert guide help you find your bearings inside the beauty and majesty of the Kanneliya Rainforest as part of a hiking expedition well away from the sun, surf and sand. Scour mountains and keep your eyes peeled for birds, reptilians and other local wildlife.