Galle has long been a stopover for foreign travellers; Sinbad the sailor, the Chinese Admiral Cheng Ho, Marco Polo, the Portuguese Admiral Lorenzo de Almeida, the Dutch VOC company and even the first package tours in 1842 with the arrival of the first P & O passenger ship, are a few of the many who have stopped to take advantage of Galle's unique beauty and resources.
All have echoed Marco Polo's sentiment that "it is better than any other island in the world" and whilst Galle may have had its heyday, it has now become the new Riviera of the sub continent and the perfect time warp for the inquisitive traveler.
Located 119km south of Colombo, Galle is the capital of the Southern Province and is the fourth largest city in Sri Lanka (behind Colombo, Kandy & Jaffna) with a population of some 92,000.
Aerial view of the Galle Fort
In 1988 it’s historic Fort was nominated as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Unawatuna Beach is an ideal springboard to visit the beaches, the temples, the wild life reserves, the lowland tea estates, the rain forests and the local and chaotic markets and villages of the Southern Province.