Once the chief port of Ceylon, Galle is a city rich in history and oozes colonial charm. The Dutch, who controlled the city during the 17th century, heavily influenced it.

Galle has both old and new parts, with the old dominated by the majestic Galle Fort, which spans over 90 acres and is home to many churches, mosques, temples, and residential and commercial buildings.

The old city is particularly charming and is one of the most well-preserved colonial-era cities in Asia, one of the many qualities which contributed to the city becoming a ‘World Heritage Site’ in 1988. Galle can easily be reached as a day trip from one of the south’s popular beach destinations, such as Hikkaduwa or Unawatuna; however, if time permits, we recommend staying at least a night or two within the fort’s walls.

Galle – Luxury Collection

Fort Bazaar$$$$

Experience the rich history of the coastal city of Galle by staying at Fort Bazaar, a former spice, tea, and gem trading-post turned luxury hotel. Although the actual gems were likely looted centuries ago, this stylish retreat offers many valuable treasures to discover. Relax at the hotel’s Bali-inspired spa, indulge in black pork curry and lagoon crab at Church Street Social, and rest in a comfortable four-poster bed. Located in the heart of Galle’s 17th-century colonial Dutch ci...

Fort Bazaar


Galle Hotels

25 Rampart Street$$$$

Each bedroom has been individually styled simply with creams and, a contrast to the heavy wooden doors and bedsteads. The staff are ready to welcome you and will attend your every need. Enjoy delicious breakfasts, the perfect start to a day of exploring. A great place to be based to explore the rich culture of Galle Fort. Making it one of our favourite choices when staying in Galle.

25 Rampart St

The Heritage Galle$$$

The Merchant Galle Fort$$$

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