Sri Lanka Villa Holiday Guide To Galle, Sri Lanka
Caressed by the sultry sea breeze from the Indian Ocean, Galle is not just another beach destination, it’s a city packed with history and vibrant heritage. In this Sri Lanka villa holiday guide to Galle, Sri Lanka, we’ll cover a brief summary of local beaches, forests and of course, the UNESCO World Heritage site, Galle Fort.
A guide to Galle
- Unawatuna beach
- Hiyare forest reserve
- Galle Fort
Spend some time at the Unawatuna beach
Unawatuna beach is a curve of silky sand close to relatively calm waters where holiday makers can enjoy a swim. The beach is one of the largest in Galle and it’s packed with a fantastic range of beach bars, restaurants, boutique shops and dive centres that will take you out to near by dive sites off the shore of Unuwatuna. Whether you want to spend the day sipping cocktails, relaxing on the beach or jetting around on the Indian ocean, Unawatuna has what you’re looking for.
Unawatuna also happens to be the main late night entertainment hub for the Galle area with select beach bars offering club nights that run until 3am most weekends throughout the year.
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Hiyare Forest Reserve
A short 16km drive from Galle, you’ll find the Hiyare Forest Reserve and reservoir. This low land rainforest is home to a rich population of endemic birds, animals and even moths. The Hiyare reservoir used to supply water to citizens of Galle, now helps the rainforest and its inhabitants to thrive. Today, the authorities are happy let the reservoir be safe from further human intervention and the forest is a safe haven for over 70 species of butterflies out which three are endemic to Sri Lanka.
Visit Galle Fort
Galle Fort is one of the most famous and popular tourist destinations in Sri Lanka and is a welcome haven for expats and Colombo city dwellers to escape to for a fix of luxury shopping, food and entertainment. The stunning and characteristics of the Dutch architecture and influence remains intact to this day. Venture up to the ramparts of the fort fo a splendid view of the Indian Ocean and if you time it right, a sunset that is one in a million.
For those of you interested in history, you’ll want to learn more about the Dutch architecture and history of Galle. A visit to one of the museums or the Dutch Reformed Church will be a great place to start and don’t forget to talk to the locals, many of who’s families have owned properties and lived in the fort for years. The famous cobblestoned streets are lined with some colonial period and refurbished buildings with gorgeous tiled roofs. A walk through the laneways will soon showcase a number of ritzy restaurants, charming boutique shops, antique stores and a selection of art galleries containing local and international artists work.