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Galle

The southwest Sri Lankan destination of Galle is a charming fortified city 75 miles from the capital Colombo. It bears many signs of its occupation across the centuries, with Portuguese and Dutch influences particularly prominent. The 36-hectare fort itself is the largest remaining in Asia built by European occupiers.

Within its encircling walls, you will find an astounding collection of structures and landmarks - snapshots of life here across the centuries. Other highlights include Galle's spectacular natural harbour and St Mary's Cathedral, which was founded by Jesuit priests. For something a little slower-paced, head to Unawatuna, famed for its beautiful beach, with shipwrecks and corals beneath the Indian Ocean. You may be fortunate enough to spot a variety of exotic fish, resident turtles and rare birds like the Lesser Whistling Duck, Asian Palm Swift and Turnstone Loten's Sunbird. As the main city in southern Sri Lanka, Galle is well connected to Colombo and Matara by rail should you wish to venture further.

 

Shore excursions in Galle

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