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Best time to visit Galle
Located at the tip of the Sri Lankan coast, Galle experiences a typical tropical rainforest climate, frequented with bright sunshine and heavy rains. The spring season, that is, February to April makes for the best time to visit Galle as the rains subside, making it an ideal time for a beach vacation. One can also plan a trip to the city post monsoon, that is, in October and November as the sea becomes calm and one can indulge in a range of adventure activities by the beach.
Sri Lankan Airlines and Air India operate daily direct flights between New Delhi and Colombo starting at ₹8,500. Once you get down at the Bandaranaike International Airport in Colombo, hire a local cab to get to Galle in around two and a half hours (150km).
Getting around in Galle
The cheapest way to get around in Galle is to hop on to a public bus with tickets starting at just ₹5(10LKR). Alternatively, you can also take a local train which covers almost all different parts of the city and is more tourist friendly than the buses. The city also has a good number of local three wheelers, also known as tuk-tuks which can be quite helpful in covering short distances. However, make sure you always travel by the meter and stay well informed about the rates otherwise you might just end up being duped! If you're looking for a more comfortable option, there are several cab services such as Lotus Cabs and Red Cabs which ply in Galle.
Flight from New Delhi to Colombo: ₹8,500 (20,250 Sri Lankan Rupee or LKR)
One-way ticket on local transport: Starts at ₹17/km (40LKR) for a tuk-tuk ride while bus fares start as low as ₹5 (10LKR).
Taxi starting tariff: ₹25(60LKR) for the first km and about ₹18(45LKR) for every subsequent km.
Hotel stay in Galle: Starts for as low as ₹750 per night for a double accommodation and can go up to ₹15,000 per night for a luxury stay
A meal: Starts at ₹100(225LKR) per head in a decent, inexpensive restaurant
The beaches of Hikkaduwa and Unawatuna being tourist hotspots, are lined with resorts, making it one of the best places to stay at while in Galle. However, if you're in the mood to explore the city's rich past and take a trip down the memory lane, book a homestay or a boutique hotel in the Fort area. Here are some of the best stay options in Galle for travellers on all kinds of budgets: