Walking Tour of Galle

A walk through Galle with a private guide will allow you to get your bearings so that you can continue exploring under your own steam. The Fort is a maze of small roads and alleyways, packed with old colonial British and Dutch architecture.. Head to Church Street and pop into the Galle National Museum that was built to house Dutch officers. This will give you a great introduction to Galle and the history as you continue walking through the fort. At the bottom of Church Street, you’ll stop at Groote Kerk (Great Church), dating from 1755 and the oldest Protestant Church in Sri Lanka. Its worth seeing the tombstones, telling a few stories of the lives of the people who lived here. Continue to All Saints Church before stopping for tea at the Galle Fort Hotel.  You’ll then walk into Queen’s Street, and its not worth visiting the Maritime Museum which is worth skipping, but the exterior is interesting being the former Great Warehouse. You’ll then see the old gate, showing the letters ‘VOC’ meaning ‘Vereenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie, or Dutch East India Company, and the letters ANNO MDCLXIX – so dating from 1669. Continue around Court Square and along Hospital Street where you see the Old Dutch Hospital. Just inland from there, on Leyn Baan Street, you find the interesting Historical Mansion Museum that is worth visiting, followed by another pitstop at Pedler’s Inn Cafe for tea. Walk along the grass embankment on the seafront ramparts, parallel to Rampart Street, great for views over the fort.

Itineraries

Sri Lanka’s Tea Hills and Palm-fringed beaches

Negombo - Hill Country - Galle - Tangalle  

This journey to Sri Lanka combines the tea country with a stay on Sri Lanka’s south coast, more of a relaxing holiday than immersive tour, a way to sit-back and relax and simply enjoy the destination.

14 days from £5528 p. p.

Colonial Ceylon

Colombo - Kandy - Hill Country - Galle  

Delve into Sri Lanka’s colonial past, exploring the Portuguese, Dutch and British influences that have helped shape modern Sri Lanka.

  £3780 p. p.

A Family Holiday to Sri Lanka

Negombo - Hill Country - Kandy - South Coast Beaches  

Think Sri Lanka, and think of wild elephants, jungles, tea plantations, spices and palm-fringed beaches. All of which makes for a wonderful family adventure, designed to not involve too much driving which can always be a downside to travelling with children in Sri Lanka.

14 days from £1910 p. p.

Pottering Down the South Coast of Sri Lanka

Negombo - Yala National Park - Galle - Bentota  

Take your time, and set off on a leisurely itinerary along Sri Lanka’s south coast, letting the shoulders drop as you meander slowly from Yala National Park to Galle and the palm-fringed beaches beyond.

14 days from £3605 p. p.

Highlights of Sri Lanka

Negombo - Cultural Triangle - Hill Country - Galle  

For those wanting a quick introduction to Sri Lanka, then this suggested private tour might well be your answer. Explore the Ancient Cities, the Tea Country and end on the south coast beaches.

10 days from £1755 p. p.

Classic Sri Lanka

Negombo - Cultural Triangle - Kandy - Tea Country - Yala - Galle - Bentota  

This classic private tour of Sri Lanka takes in all the major highlights from the stunning cultural heritage of the north, the tea country, wildlife and laid-back beaches in the south.

13 days from £2595 p. p.

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