When you think of Sri Lanka, you don’t really think of cities. Temples, elephants, tea plantations and beaches are the first things that spring to my mind but Galle is definitely worth a day trip. Here is our perfect 24 hours in GalleWhat to do in Galle, Sri Lanka
Things to do in Galle Fort
Galle is a colonial town on the Southwest coast of Sri Lanka. Its’ fortress, one of the must dos when in Galle is a world heritage site and is a must do for any visitor. Unfortunately during our visit to Galle there was torrential rain which wasn’t great for photographs but it didn’t stop us walking around the fort.
Things to do in Galle – Shopping
What surprised me about Galle was how European it felt and how good the shopping was. It had some genuinely interesting shops, not just shops filled with tourist tat. Our favourite shops were Stick No Bills, a shop dedicated to vintage travel and movie posters. It also had a small exhibition which was definitely worth a visit if you are a travel poster fan as I am. My other favourite was Barefoot Boutique where you could buy lots of artisan products from the area. We purchased some beautiful batik placemats. We also purchased some local Sri Lankan coffee which is a must for any visitor.
Another thing that surprised me about Galle was the variety of religions. We enjoyed visiting the Church of Galle along with the many Buddhist shrines we past on our journey there.
Places to eat in Galle
We stopped for lunch a the beautiful Amangalla Hotel. One of the most colonial places I have ever visited. I thoroughly recommend stopping there for a Club Sandwich and a G&T.
We also had to make a pilgrimage to the Galle cricket ground for my cricket fanatic husband! Thank goodness there wasn’t a game on or else we wouldn’t have got to the fort!
Tea Plantation Galle – Virgin White Tea Plantation
We combined our visit to Galle with a trip to the nearby Virgin White Tea Plantation where you can sample a variety of teas in beautiful surroundings. Virgin White refers to the method of tea picking based on an ancient Chinese tradition. Virgin White Tea is never touched by human hands and all pickers where gloves and use golden scissors. It was very interesting to see. Our guide was very knowledgable about the tea making process and while perhaps not as striking as tea plantations around Kandy was definitely worth a visit.
Galle is definitely a must for anyone visiting Sri Lanka.
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