Galle, Sri Lanka is a beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Site that has attracted lovers of cultural and historical sites from all over the world for decades. There are many fun things to do in Galle from soaking up the old-age ambiance of Galle, strolling around those narrow streets with quirky shopping boutiques and museums, and walking along the city walls in Galle Fort. Here are 5 authentic activities to experience in Galle, Sri Lanka that you don’t want to miss out on.


Galle Sri Lanka Beach The mellow Jungle Beach in Galle Sri Lanka.

Galle Fort may be all about colonial buildings and museums, but there are plenty of beautiful beaches to be nearby. You can even rent a charming villa in Galle near the beach. Some of the most famous beach towns are just a couple of miles away from Galle Fort, such as beloved Bentota Beach, Unawatuna Beach, and Hikkaduwa.

The wide beach of Unawatuna has golden sands and the water is perfectly safe for swimming and snorkeling. Paddle out to sea for some surfing. Jungle Beach is an authentic activity to experience in Galle, Sri Lanka as it’s quite popular with locals. The secluded beach is near Galle if you’re feeling a little bit adventurous. To get to this beach, you’ll need to go down a steep pathway through the jungle but the picturesque little bay at the end of the jungle track makes it all worthwhile.


Galle Sri Lanka Coconut Young sweet coconuts in Sri Lanka are delicious!

Explore the rural countryside on a bicycle tour for a wonderful way to experience Galle, Sri Lanka. The scenery in southern Sri Lanka is stunning. With the wind in your hair, cycling truly is an enjoyable experience. You’ll pass paddy fields, lakes, and villages where you can stop for fresh young coconuts (don’t forget your bamboo straw!) that come straight from the tree. You can spot buffaloes, lizards, and even crocodiles.


Sri Lanka Galle Check out where Sri Lankan tea is made in Ella.

Make a reservation at Amangalla for a delightful afternoon tea. At this luxury hotel, they know how to serve up an exquisite high tea. Sri Lanka is the land of tea, after all. If you’re a tea lover you won’t want to miss out on exploring Ella after you’ve done these authentic activities to experience in Galle, Sri Lanka.


You’ll love the scents, colors, and liveliness of the Old Dutch Market. It’s a cultural experience to stroll around on this 300-year-old traditional market place. It’s the best place to try some exotic fruits such as mangosteen, starfruit, and dragonfruit.


Galle Sri Lanka Catch a blue tuk-tuk for a spin around Galle, Sri Lanka.

For days when it’s just too hot out to explore Galle Fort by foot hire a traditional tuk-tuk to ride from here to there as you sightsee. A tuk-tuk is a cool, speedy 3-wheeler where you sit in the back as you cruise around town and watch the daily Sri Lankan life going by. From your beach villa to the city center or to the nearest pristine beach, be sure to grab one of these local taxi vehicles.

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