Whether wandering through the narrow lanes of the fort, discovering the rich cultural heritage in its museums, or basking in the sun on Unawatuna Beach, Galle promises a diverse and enchanting escape for those seeking a perfect blend of history, culture, and tropical splendour. It’s spectacular for beaches, and has much in the way of culture and history to round out beauty and interest – so fly down and visit if you want a different trip.

Sandy Beaches

Galle boasts several kid-friendly beaches, with Unawatuna Beach standing out as a popular choice, drawing crowds of both tourists and locals. Its protected reef ensures a safe swimming experience, and the beachside offers a variety of restaurants serving international and local cuisine, eliminating the need to bring snacks for the kids. Dalawella Beach in the Unawatuna area is a great alternative for a quieter family outing. While less crowded than the main Unawatuna beach, the section near Wijeya Beach restaurant is ideal for a dip if you want a third choice!

Turtles and Boat Rides

Venture to the Sea Turtle Hatchery in Habaraduwa, approximately 14km from Galle town, for a family-friendly escapade. Operated by dedicated volunteers since 1986, the hatchery has released nearly 1 million sea turtles into the ocean and makes for an excellent activity with your loved ones. You can embark on a maritime adventure by pre-booking a boat ride through your tour operator or hotel, or opt for one of the numerous boat operators approaching you on Unawatuna Beach. Some boats feature glass bottoms, providing a fascinating view of corals and small fish.

Museums and Nature

For a deeper connection with nature, venture into the Kanneliya rainforest, home to endemic species of lowland Sri Lanka, brilliant for those looking for a wilder side of the coast. Transition into a cultural odyssey at the Martin Wickramasinghe Museum, once the home of the celebrated Sri Lankan author and perfect for absorbing some culture from some tourist attractions in Galle.

Sameera Madusanka, Raining in kanneliya forest, CC BY-SA 4.0

Inner City Adventures

Explore the captivating Galle Fort, a historic and architectural masterpiece originally constructed by the Portuguese in the 16th century and later rebuilt by the Dutch in the 17th century. This fort city, boasts historic buildings, museums, nearbhotels like the Kahanda Kanda, and more. Adjacent to the fort, discover the picturesque Galle International Cricket Stadium, considered one of the world’s most beautiful cricket grounds and a fortunate venue for the Sri Lankan cricket team.