Planning Fun Family Holidays in Galle

While Galle in Sri Lanka is known for its historical value, it’s also an ideal destination for a family getaway; here’s more on what you should know when planning your trip.

Getting There

Galle is a major city on the island’s south coast; it can be reached by public or private bus from the commercial capital, Colombo, either along the “Galle Road” (around three hours) or the faster Southern Expressway (around one hour). There are train services available too, though for something unique, consider domestic flights; Sri Lanka offers such experiences via operators like Cinnamon Air which provides connections to Koggala, a short drive from Galle.

Galle Fort

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Old Town of Galle and its Fortifications are great places to explore for young and old alike; initially constructed by the Portuguese and subsequently improved upon by the Dutch in the 17th century, the fort features cobbled streets to wander around. You can visit the National Maritime Museum, walk along the ramparts overlooking the ocean, enjoy shopping and dining and see cliff divers leap off Flag Rock!

Beach Time

One of the best things to do in Galle for families is to spend time at Unawatuna Beach; it is easy to reach and features a sun-kissed shoreline and relatively calm waters protected by a reef, making it an ideal spot for swimming. You will also find operators offering rides on glass bottom boats to spot marine and coral life below, while there are many restaurants here too. For a change of scenery, head to idyllic Dalawella Beach that’s close by as well.

Nature & Wildlife

Jungle Beach
Image via Wikimedia Commons – Creator9434, Jungle beach unawatuna, CC BY-SA 4.0

If your family loves the outdoors, you can plan a hike to the summit of nearby Rumassala Hill which connects to Jungle Beach, while excursions to the pristine Kanneliya Rainforest are worth considering too. Don’t miss a visit to the Sea Turtle Hatchery in Habaraduwa where you and your loved ones can see turtle conservation in action; apart from observing baby turtles, you may get the chance to help release them into the ocean!