Galle, Sri Lanka

Galle

Galle, a vibrant city that embraces its ancient and colonial past, is made famous by its 17th century Dutch fort, by far the best surviving European Fort in Asia. The once sleepy Galle Fort is now a vibrant and bustling area with a distinctively Mediterranean atmosphere.

Visitors can spend a full day exploring its narrow streets and laneways, punctuated with jewellery shops, numerous cafes, restaurants and luxurious villas. The Galle Fort Mosque, the Lighthouse, the Anglican and Dutch-reformed Churches and the Maritime Museum are some of the must-see sites of the region. Between the months of November to April, visitors have the opportunity to view the largest animal to have ever lived, the blue whale, from Marissa.