Sri Lanka

Galle

The historic fort town of Galle is best explored on foot, allowing you to take in its grandiose colonial buildings, ancient temples and mosques and many quirky side streets. Make sure to take a walk on the ramparts of the fort, with views out over the ocean.

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  • Tangalle

    Tangalle

    Laidback Tangalle in Sri Lanka’s south is one of the region’s more relaxed beach destinations, combining simple guesthouses and some upmarket hotels...Read more
  • Yala National Park

    Yala National Park

    Southeast Sri Lanka’s Yala National Park is the country’s most visited wilderness reserve...Read more
  • Polonnaruwa

    Polonnaruwa

    Polonnaruwa was the medieval capital of Sri Lanka, a thriving centre of commerce and religion...Read more
  • Udawalawe

    Udawalawe

    Sri Lanka’s finest national park is home to herds of elephants, wild buffalo, crocodiles and leopards...Read more
  • Colombo

    Colombo

    Cosmopolitan Colombo is more than just the gateway to Sri Lanka...Read more
  • Haputale

    Haputale

    The hillside town of Haputale is a little-visited stop on the train route into tea country from Kandy to Ella...Read more
  • Knuckles Mountain Range

    Knuckles Mountain Range

    The Knuckles Mountain Range – also known as the Dumbara Mountain Range – is home to 34 peaks and offers plenty of treks for hikers to explore, with waterfalls, tiny villages and elusive mountain animals part of the experience...Read more
  • Kandy

    Kandy

    Central Kandy is one of Sri Lanka’s most significant religious sites, being home to the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic – a tooth from Buddha himself...Read more
  • Gal Oya National Park

    Gal Oya National Park

    Gal Oya is the most untouched of all of Sri Lanka’s national parks and is the only one where you can take a boat safari...Read more
  • Wilpattu National Park

    Wilpattu National Park

    Wilpattu translates as ‘natural lakes’ in Sinhala and ‘10 lakes’ in Tamil, so it’s no surprise what the main attraction is in this national park...Read more
  • Trincomalee

    Trincomalee

    The port city of Trincomalee is best-known as a gateway to the beaches and resorts on Sri Lanka’s east coast...Read more
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  • Jaffna

    Jaffna

    Intriguing Jaffna in Sri Lanka’s far north offers an insight into the country’s Tamil culture...Read more
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Southern Sri Lanka experience

Tea, treks and Tangalle’s beaches
Approx. 13 days
Galle (3 days) → Haputale (3) → Yala National Park (2) → Tangalle (4) → Colombo (1)
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Nature and wildlife explorer

The best of rural Sri Lanka
Approx. 17 days
Colombo (2 days) → Paramakanda Rock temple (3) → Polonnaruwa (2) → Knuckles Mountain Range (2) → Gal Oya National Park (3) → Yala National Park (2) → Galle (3)
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Slow travel Sri Lanka

Culture, countryside and beaches
Approx. 14 days
Colombo (2 days) → Polonnaruwa (3) → Kandy (3) → Galle (6)
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Things to do in Galle

Our recommended experiences and activities

Cruise down the Kapu Ela river
Galle

Cruise down the Kapu Ela river

Enjoy a scenic boat ride down the Kapu Ela River, exploring rural villages and watching grey fish eagles soar through the air.

Where to go in Sri Lanka

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