The port city of Galle, is not only tourist attractions but also the business center of southern Sri Lanka. It is the place to be if you want to experience the Sinhalese culture, far from the points of high concentration of tourists without losing the opportunity of a wonderful holiday.
Galle was known as Gimhathiththa before the arrival of the Portuguese in the 16th century, when it was the island’s main port. Galle reached its zenith in the 18th century, before the arrival of the British, who made the port of Colombo.
Galle is the best example of a fortified city made by Europeans in South and Southeast Asia, showing the interaction between European architectural style and traditions of South Asia. Fortifying cocked, it’s really a wonder that the world inherited, and it is the largest fort built in Asia by European invaders. Another site worth visiting if you’re going to Galle, is the cathedral of Santa Maria, founded by the Jesuits.
You can spend hours visiting the fortress, shopping, the oldest markets in Sri Lanka, and also the most modern in some of the incredible complex, where the old and new blend between hotels and restaurants, traditional colonial style.
There are several beaches on the coastline of Galle, where they are mixed bays, long beaches and paradisaical landscapes mostly leave us open-mouthed. The common denominator is peace, tranquility and rest along its blue waters. What is usually done at the beach? Above all, rest, sleep, read and pass the time lying in a hammock with his umbrella or shade of nearby trees.
Along any of its beaches, there are bars and pubs where you can freshen up and eat, to continue to enjoy this paradise. There are several rental facilities for canoes and if we do some sport.