Galle is one of the gems of Sri Lanka. With its tree lined streets, old colonial buildings and rich history, Galle is a must see if you visit this South Asian nation. It reminded us of Luang Prabang in Laos and Hoi An in Vietnam.
Galle’s recent history includes stints by the Portuguese, Dutch and British but the area’s history stretches a lot further than colonial times. Persians, Arabs, Greeks, Romans, Malays, Indians and Chinese were trading with Galle long before the Portuguese turned up.
Modern Galle is full of boutique hotels, cafes, shops and galleries owned by artists, writers, designers and photographers which gives the place a bohemian atmosphere. But Galle is not just a living museum. It is still a working city with local life rushing around like anywhere else. Leave the tranquility of the fort area and you are quickly met with the chaos, smells and buzz of your typical Asian city.
If you are planning to travel to this pretty town, watch our perfect day in Galle video to get some inspiration.
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