WHAT TO DO IN GALLE
This UNESCO World Heritage Site is best explored on foot, with its cobbled streets instantly transporting you to an era bygone. Galle's Portugese, Dutch and English history is reflected in the charming bright yellow buildings that now house hip cafes, art galleries and boutiques, gorgeous old churches and museums.
1. Visit the Barefoot Art Gallery, which serves as a platform for artists, musicians, poets and filmmakers. One can also grab a quick bite at the cafe and shop here. 41 Pedlar Street, Galle Fort
2. Grab lunch at The Tuna and The Crab, which serves delicious sushi and crab dishes. Their avocado salad is a must try. Dutch Hospital Shopping Precinct, Hospital St
3. Take a stroll on the Fort Wall, which is the soul of Galle, built by the Dutch in 1663, this is the perfect place to enjoy a gorgeous sunset.
4. Visit the Dutch Reformed Church and the Marine Archeological Museum. Both are historical gems, while one dates back to 1752 and houses many a dutch cemeteries, the other gives a deep insight into the maritime history of this port town.
5. Enjoy a hearty Srilankan mean at Mamas Galle Fort Cafe, where you will be treated with local curries and rice from Malini Perera and her daughters' kitchen.
Small Cross St, Galle
A 20-minute drive from Galle, this seaside resort is perfect for surfing and swimming with turtles. Visit the Turtle Hatchery and the Tsunami Museum.