Exploring the quaint city of Galle is a must when staying in the southern region of Sri Lanka. Its cobbled winding streets, colourful stores, and the ocean view makes it simply picture perfect. There is an abundance of shopping and photo opportunities so this one is really not to be missed!
We managed to get a taxi from our hotel in Bentota for around £40. This included getting there and back as our driver kindly waited in Galle for a few hours whilst we explored the city. However, the train is also an option, which costs a whole 50p. But whichever way you decide to travel the sights you see during your journey are truly fascinating, giving insight into Sri Lanka’s rich culture.
The architecture in Galle is a fusion of Portuguese and Sri Lankan, echoing the cities history. Our taxi driver informed us of Galle’s past, explaining that the city was invaded by the Dutch in 1640, forcing the Portuguese to surrender. The Dutch later built Galle’s famous fort which is still standing to this day. This is due to the fact the British preserved the fort and used it as an administrative centre when they took over Galle in 1796.
A lot of the cities original architecture is still present, for example, the old hospital now serves as a series of boutique gem stores and restaurants. There are also a plethora of quirky tourist and antique shops littering the streets of Galle, making it a great destination for picking up some items to take home.
When walking down the side streets it was lovely to experience some of Sri Lanka’s everyday culture. Seeing school children walking to and from lessons and the armed police outside the cities court gave an insight into the ‘real’ Sri Lanka.
There are various restaurants and cafes which make for a refreshing pit stop whilst wandering the city. We decided to visit Poonies Kitchen where we sipped a mango smoothie and crushed lime sodas. The setting here was every instagrammers dream, with the vibrant flags, fish pond, and alfresco dining. The food also looks INCREDIBLE with plenty of options from breakfast to puddings. I say ‘looks’ as we unfortunately as we scheduled our meal times a bit wrong (in other words ate way too much at the breakfast buffet), BUT if you check out there Instagram you can see how lush their dishes look! The Calorie Counter restaurant also looked fab which is situated on the same street as Poonies, here they have a huge selection of smoothies and light lunch options that are all super delicious and nutritious.
So if you are lucky enough to be exploring Sri Lanka don’t forget to stop off at the gorgeous Galle. I’d love to know one of your favourite cities you discovered when traveling abroad, comment down below and let me know!