Things to do :
The Galle Fort is the most important tourist destination of the city. To this day, it remains the largest fortress in Asia with its origin in European colonial history. It is a recognised UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was built by the Portuguese in 1588, and further fortified by the Dutch in the seventeenth century. It has been maintained really well by the Archaeological Department of Sri Lanka. It has a very interesting history that encompasses many cultures and traditions, and that reflects in its architecture and design as well. Interestingly you will find churches, mosques and temples inside the Galle Fort. Lovely how several religions live peacefully side by side! Another important place to visit is the Flag Rock. It was used as a coastal defence at the southernmost tip of the Fort, and is now known for one of the most gorgeous sunset views you will ever witness! The huge natural rocks possess a magnificence of their own. The Groote Kerk, or the Dutch reformed church located within the premises of the fort, is also very famous. It is one of the oldest Protestant churches in Sri Lanka. The Doric style of architecture is indeed marvellous!
Pedlar Street is the food-street of Galle, with several small eateries to grab a quick bite on the go, as you explore the city. The Unawatuna Beach, with its stunning corals and 'banana-shaped' beach, is one of the largest and most popular tourist destinations in the country. The Galle Lighthouse, built onshore in 1848 by the British occupiers, is a must-visit for the amazing view of the ships in the Galle Harbour.