In the heart of Sri Lanka’s south coast is the city of Galle home to a magnificent fort and idyllic shores; here’s a preview of the many captivating activities you can enjoy.

Explore the Dutch Fort

The main attraction here is the Dutch or Galle Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Within easy reach of properties like Kahanda Kanda, the fort is an ideal place to explore; walk along its ancient ramparts, stroll cobbled streets home to Dutch buildings and visit the Dutch Reformed Church. There’s plenty of shopping and dining on offer too!

Take a Boat Ride On Koggala Lake

Not to be missed is a chance to enjoy boat rides on the tranquil waters of Koggala Lake. Those staying at a boutique hotel Sri Lanka has to offer near this lake can easily enjoy such family-friendly excursions. You can discover Buddhist temples and spice islands, explore mangroves, see wildlife and visit a bird sanctuary as well.

Spend Time at Beaches

Unawatuna | Image via flickr

Around Galle, you will find some of the island’s best beaches with soft sandy shores in which to work on your tan or enjoy a refreshing dip in the ocean. Two such hotspots are the beaches at Unawatuna and Habaraduwa, while exciting water sports including snorkelling, surfing and diving are on offer along the coast.

Visit a White Tea Plantation

Within easy reach of Galle is a lowland tea plantation where world-famous white tea is grown. Don’t miss a chance to take a tour of this site; you can learn more about the art of producing white tea that is steeped in ancient traditions, watch how it’s carefully processed and even buy this special tea product for yourself.