6 Things To Do In GALLE

March 19, 2020 at 4:39 pm |


Postcards from Galle.


While researching about Galle, I came across a blog post saying that spending more than half a day at Galle is absolutely unnecessary.
And hence, I probably had the least expectation from this Dutch colonial town, and probably the city that delivered the most, apart from Ella.


Galle is a beautiful town full of colonial-architecture-with-Asian-flavour aesthetic. It is situated in the South-west part of Sri Lanka whose main attraction is the World Heritage-listed Fort.
Galle was first conquered by the Portuguese in the late 16th Century and then taken over by the Dutch in the 17th Century.


I didn’t want to fill this blog post with words, cause for once I feel my pictures would speak better.



Few things to do in Galle:


  1. Visit the famous Galle Lighthouse

You can’t miss this postcard-perfect feature of the Fort; the infamous Galle Lighthouse, that has become incredibly Instagram famous.


2. Take a long walk by the outer walls of Galle Fort

Galle is best explored on foot. with the pristine turquoise coloured ocean on one side, take a stroll across the Galle Fort wall. Best done in the morning, when the sun is not scorching on top of you.


3. Get lost in the narrow lanes of Galle

This was what I enjoyed the most. We walked the narrow streets of Galle lined with stunningly architectured buildings and colourful tuk-tuks on the roads.


4. Have Salted Caramel ice cream from one of their Gelaterias

Walking in the heat should have an incentive, and that is this Salted Caramel Icecream that not only tastes like heaven in a cup but will also cool you down and help you explore further, this magical town of Galle.


5. Sit at one of the many cute cafes and sip on coffee while watching the crowd go by

Galle is filled with delightful little cafes and the locals are a pleasure to talk to. I could sit there forever, reading a book or just watching people walk by.


6. Have Hoppers at Hoppa

Hoppers are a Sri Lankan breakfast staple but can be had at other times of the day as well. Hoppers in their simplest form are bowl-shaped pancakes. Eggs, coconut milk, and rice flour are the main ingredients in a hopper. A cute little eatery called Hoppa at the end of Pedlar Street in Galle serves various kinds of hoppers. We tried out the ‘Currylicious Hoppa Set’ which has three Hoppas served with spicy traditional chicken curry.

Hoppers are a must-try when in Sri Lanka, especially at Hoppa, in Galle.


Also read: Things to know before and while visiting Sri Lanka


Here are some more postcards from this enchanting little town:



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