Galle Holidays

Home to UNESCO World Heritage Site the Dutch Fort, Galle’s history dates back centuries. Step back in time as you wander through and explore the boutique shops that lie behind the historic walls. The Portuguese and Dutch heritage is ever so apparent throughout the city, with beautiful examples of colonial architecture such as the Dutch Reformed Church and the British-built Galle Lighthouse, set on the eastern end of the fort.

Once a strategic port, the fort was once a bustling centre of maritime trade. Today, the fort’s richly preserved UNESCO listed buildings bear indelible reminders of the European colonialists who built this bastion, and exude an easy calm that’s worlds away from the colourful new town and its market-lined streets.

Galle is the cultural capital of the southern coast of this magical island, and along with the seven other in Sri Lanka, Galle Fort is a must see for everyone.

Our favourite hotels

Our favourite places to stay are below. We know everyone is different, so if you can’t see something you like, we'd be more than happy to help.

Unique Swimming pool

The Fortress

Galle

H&J Rating

Guide Price

€1,399 pp

The Fortress

Time Zone

GMT +5:30 hours

Flight Time

Indirect flights are available from Ireland.

Currency

LKR - Sri Lankan rupee

Visa Information

Irish citizens don’t need to obtain a visa prior to travel.

Language

Tamil, Sinhalese and English

Health Information

No special vaccinations are required for travel to Sri Lanka.
  • Martyn, Destination Executive

    Martyn

    Destination Manager

    Galle is a huge contrast in comparison to Kandy, it’s a livelier and more upbeat area. An ideal location for those who are looking to get out and about and explore Sri Lanka's history and culture. Nearby churches, restaurants, small local shops, and the chance to explore the fort itself are all easily accessible by foot or by tuk tuk.

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