A city in two halves
Holidays in Galle ooze fascinating history and luxurious escapism. The city is a jewel on the South West coast of Sri Lanka and offers a unique mix of traditional heritage and cosmopolitan vibrancy. Ideal for holidaymakers seeking an exotic adventure, Galle has a rich colonial past. Originally built by the Dutch in the 1600s, it was once a prosperous trading port. Today, visitors can discover European influenced architecture entwined with lush palm trees, creating a distinctive Sri Lankan atmosphere. The UNESCO listed Galle Fort is found in the heart of the city, while the historic quarter, filled with chic boutiques and relaxed cafés, ripples out from its centuries old walls.
For those looking for peaceful white sand and turquoise waves, holidays to Galle also offer an exceptional coastline. Beautiful beaches are framed by endless groves of palm trees to the east and west, offering a tranquil paradise away from the centre of the bustling city. Plus, the area boasts a number of offshore reefs which are ideal for surfers.
Luxury holidays in Galle offer a unique Sri Lankan experience. With its exotic ambiance, traditional architecture and incredible coastal views, it’s no wonder the city has become renowned as one of the country’s most exclusive destinations. Outstanding boutique hotels and five star resorts are nestled throughout the town’s historic streets and picturesque coastline. Culture lovers can completely immerse themselves in the historic culture and contemporary vibe this city is famed for.
With over 45 years of experience in luxury holidays, Sovereign’s trusted experts are dedicated to providing outstanding service. With an in depth knowledge of Galle and the surrounding area, we’re committed to offering customers only the best hotels and resorts in the region. Choose to stay at The Fortress, which is situated on the golden shores of Sri Lanka’s south coast. This boutique hotel combines incredible views with five star opulence. Traditional décor and superior facilities offer a stylish place to unwind and relax. Guests can sample a range of cuisine from the hotel’s three restaurants, plus a range of rejuvenating treatments at the luxury spa.
Flights from the UK take approximately 10 hours 30 minutes.
Transfer time from Colombo airport to Galle is approximately 2 hours 15 minutes.
Sri Lanka has two monsoon seasons – one in the south-west between May and September, and one in the north-east between October and January. Galle and Bentota are in the south-west, and the most popular time to visit is between December and March for hot, sunny weather and an average temperature of 30°C.
UK citizens will need a visa to enter Sri Lanka. You can apply for a 30-day tourist visa online before you travel.
Tipping is common in Sri Lanka. You should aim to tip 100 rupees at restaurants, and the same again per day for hotel maids and porters. It’s not necessary to tip taxi drivers, although you could round up the fare to the nearest 50 rupees if paying cash.
The official languages of Sri Lanka are Sinhala and Tamil. English is widely spoken too.