Historically, Galle has been an important trading port, and
various nationalities have all left an indelible stamp on the rich
history and character of the town. Although an important cultural
site, Galle Fort remains a 'living' monument with a thriving
In addition to Galle, Bentota and Tangalle are the best beach
holiday destinations in the island, and also excellent bases for
exploring its major wildlife parks and cultural heritage.
Galle is also the gateway to the coastal villages and sandy
beaches of Unawatuna, Thalpe, Koggala, Habaraduwa and Ahangama. The
sea is generally calm and in Unawatuna, the reef shelters more fish
than the Great Barrier Reef in Australia.
If you grow tired of lounging on the Sri Lankan beaches, local
attractions include the Mulgirigalla Rock Temple and the Bundala
and Uda Walawe National Parks, where animals including elephants,
monkeys and water buffalo can be seen. Buddhist temples, tropical
rainforests, and mangrove-lined lakes and waterways home to
numerous species of birds and monitor lizards makes this area
interesting for nature lovers as well.