Galle, situated on the southwestern tip of Sri Lanka, is a few 2-hour drive from Colombo airport. While the most attraction is that the old Dutch Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, there’s such a lot more to ascertain and neutralize this tropical paradise. With its Dutch architectural influence from the 18th century, it’s very similar vibes to Kochi in India, but with its Portuguese influence from the 16th century, it’s got that susegad feel! There are numerous things to try in Galle that you’ll ideally want to spend 7-10 days here. the simplest time to go to Galle isn’t fixed as there’s no actual season in Sri Lanka. January and February tend to be the simplest months, but also show higher prices in accommodation. Many companies offer differing types of activities and tours so you’ll economize by booking all of your tours through one company and posing for a multi-purchase discount.
There are many companies that provide hiking tours, but you’ll even as easily continue your own. Galle may be a safe place for even solo travellers, so go ahead and explore on your own!
Galle truly has a number of the foremost beautiful landscapes within the world. While here, I couldn’t help thinking that what proportion it seemed like Hawaii. It’s worth ‘roughing it’ a touch to remain outdoors, and really enjoy being in such a shocking and serene place. you’ll camp near the beach and hear the waves while watching the celebs.
Bike tours are offered throughout the town as sightseeing tours, but you’ll also prefer to do off-road type biking with a guide who understands the security aspects and may offer the proper sort of bicycle for this. Bike riding on dirt paths and downhill are often dangerous so this is often for the foremost adventurous!
Visibility is ideal here and most snorkel tours will take you off to a more secretive beach called Jungle Beach where you’ll stay within the water until you desire. With the water being so clear, it’s fun to require an underwater camera like go Pro and take photos of aquatic species. The water is sort of shallow and you’ll tend fins and mask by the corporate. Many tours include a visit to the Jungle Beach just to ascertain the beach and catch some rays, so it’s best to require a snorkelling tour as you’ll get a two for one deal.
For two reasons, this is often one the simplest places within the world to try to your PADI certification—the visibility is great and it’s very affordable. There are too many dive shops to count up and down the beaches so you’ll want to buy around for an honest price and confirm they need their qualifications. There are shipwrecks that you simply can dive to as well! presumably you’ll learn in shallow water first, until you get wont to the regulator and may understand the way to rise and fall within the water during a safe manner, before you leave to the large sites. If you purchase bundles of dives, you’ll save extra money than buying one at a time.
SUP (stand up paddle boarding)
SUP may be a fun and straightforward activity that anyone can do. The boards are tons bigger than they appear in photos, facilitating easy balance. there’s only one paddle and you alternate arms while you skim across the water. many of us try yoga on the boards and even you’ll take classes for that when you conquer balance and paddling! most of the people don’t fall in, but just just in case , don’t do that activity unless you recognize the way to swim.
There are many surfing schools and therefore the waves are perfect for beginners here. There are some breaks which are a touch more intense so always ask locals before going out. You’ll also want to ask where the rips are.
Fishing and whale watching
Seafood is incredible here, and it’s tons of fun to travel out and catch it on your own. Galle is really known for its ‘stick fishermen’ who perch on stilts and spearfish, but you won’t be doing that! You’ll leave during a boat and presumably, fish with just a string just like the locals, which may be a unique experience (no fishing rod and reel). You’ll catch snapper and have the guide build a fireplace to cook it on your own. It doesn’t recover than this! Although you’ll take whale watching tours, you’ll often catch sight of a whale while fishing, so it’s a pleasant thanks to economize instead of taking two tours.
There is a spread of companies that provide tours inland to the rainforest. you’ll see crocodiles, water buffaloes, elephants and varied sorts of birds. you would possibly be surprised to ascertain a snake or two! Although malaria is almost eradicated in Sri Lanka, there are still cases, and dengue too is there, so wear mosquito repellent. you’ll do these tours by Jeep otherwise you can do them during a canoe on the river.
Yoga and Pilates classes are offered everywhere Galle and are great ways to start out your mornings and obtain your blood flowing! You’ll be all ready to undertake even more adventurous things after a little workout.
A spa in Galle are often an adventurous experience also if you haven’t had any Ayurveda treatment earlier. a number of the more adventurous options include four-hand massages and oil massages where the oil drips continuously on your pineal eye. You’ll try Reiki and chakra healing also.
As you’ll see, there are numerous options for adventure in Galle and you’ll not end up bored even for a second. Besides, there are endless places to go to, luxury hotels to remain and therefore the most beautiful sunsets to admire. this is often an area you’ll want to go to this year!