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Sri Lanka


Explore Galle & South Coast

Few places combine historical sights, excellent shopping and dining, charming boutique hotels and beautiful beaches quite as perfectly as Galle. This fortified coastal city, originally built by the Portuguese in the 16th century, exudes a delightful blend of Asian and European influences. Foodies will love sampling Galle’s contemporary cafes and fine dining restaurants, with seafood and spice specialties, as well as private cookery courses to recreate the dishes back home. Galle is the gateway to many coastal villages and eco-friendly beach resorts along the South Coast with varied attractions to suit nature lovers, spiritual tourists and water sports enthusiasts.


  • Walk the stone battlements of the Dutch Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage site
  • Stroll the laidback streets of Galle old town for stylish shopping and leisurely dining
  • Relax on stunning beaches near Galle or in Tangalle, a breeding ground for turtles
  • Witness magnificent blue and sperm whales close to the coast near Mirissa
  • Learn to surf in the horseshoe bay of Welligama, or the hidden gem, Hiriketiya Bay
  • Cruise through the rainforest waterways spotting monitor lizards and exotic birds

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Galle & South Coast Map

Enriching encounters


  • Leatherback Turtle
    Leatherback Turtle
  • Humpback Whale
    Humpback Whale
  • Hawksbill turtle
    Hawksbill Turtle
  • Bottlenose Dolphin
    Bottlenose Dolphin
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    Spinner Dolphin
  • Blue Whale
    Blue Whale
  • Brydes Whale
    Bryde's Whale
  • Green Turtle
    Green Turtle
  • Sperm Whale
    Sperm Whale
Sample Itineraries


Wondrous and warm-hearted, Sri Lanka enriches and transforms all who visit. From honeymoons to family adventures, safari and solo trips, experience the joy with this inspiring selection of our favourite itineraries.

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