Private Day Tour to Galle from Colombo
Galle, the epic southern capital, is the intersection where classic Dutch architecture meets a tropical setting creating a vivid atmosphere in beauty. Walk through the Dutch haunted streets listening to the creaks of wooden saloon doors and observe how European architecture mingles with South Asian traditions today flooding cultural enthusiasts on a global scale. Its original ramparts and bastions preserved up to date showcase evidences of a heritage preserved for more than 3 ½ centuries. Hop into the Dutch Hospital Shopping Complex to be mesmerized by an array of souvenir selections. However, its hallmark stands a reality where the Dutch Fort remains a working community with its usual buzz of administrative offices, court complex, commercial buildings, churches and southern folks frequenting its streets bracing the air of the Elysium of architecture, Galle!
per adult from
11 to 12 hours
What's included :
- Air-conditioned vehicle
- Private transportation
- Bottled water
- All entrance fees
- Hotel pick up and drop off
- Entry/Admission - Maritime Archeological Museum (Galle)
What's excluded :
- Restroom on board
- WiFi on board
- This is a typical itinerary for this product
Stop At: Galle Fort, Church Street, Galle 80000 Sri Lanka
The fort was initially built by the Portuguese as early as 1588, then re-built and developed by the Dutch from 1649 onwards. Walking around the myriad of streets today is a real treat. Most of the buildings of the fort mask the wonders that are to be found inside them; cavernous structures with grand rooms. A combination of historical & architectural significance had led Galle fort to be declared a world heritage site. Modern day Galle fort is a real melting pot of cultures and religions, with churches, mosques and temples all to be found. Among the forts main attractions are the ramparts, the lighthouse and many historical government buildings which one stumbles across while exploring. The fort is a very welcoming place, and its easy to see why many have fallen under its spell. The fort is also home to many excellent cafes, hotels, shops and restaurants. Its a great place to stop for a wander and a meal. There's no need for a formal guide here.
Duration: 1 hour
Stop At: Dutch Hospital Shopping Precinct, Hospital St Old Hospital Bldg, Galle 80000 Sri Lanka
Dutch Hospital is one of the structures, which is left off of the Colonialisation period of Sri Lanka. Although it very hard to pinpoint the exact time period as to when the Dutch Hospital was built. As per the records of Christopher Schweitzer, a German national under the Dutch services, it is stated that the Dutch Hospital was established by 1681. This building complex was initially designed for the purposes of being used as an infirmary to the personals of Dutch East India Company and the Soldiers. This hospital complex is said to have been one of the best facilities available, though there were no beds at the time Sri Lanka, the Patients were provided with the reed mats whilst the most influential and the critically ill were provided with straw mattresses, which were considered to have been a luxury at the time. The canal nearby the Hospital was filled with the British colonists after Sri Lanka was captured by the British. The Old Dutch hospital was converted to a touristy shopping complex in the year 2011, with the aim of boosting tourism. The Arcade premises now hold pubs, bars, exquisite dining options and some of the high end local brands.
Duration: 1 hour
Stop At: Maritime Archeological Museum (Galle), Queen Street Duch fort, Galle 80000 Sri Lanka
The National Maritime Museum of Galle is a beautiful piece of old Dutch architecture filled chockfull of nautical and marine marvels, dug up from the sea and showcased here. The building has a long and interesting history that is well worth elaborating on. The entrance of the National Maritime Museum displays a large anchor sculpture. The structure of the Museum warehouse is a two storey long building, and the original entry to the fort bisects the ground floor. Above the Old Gate can be seen the British Coat of Arms; while the inside wall of the gate has an inscription with the year 1668 and the letters VOC, along with the insignia of a cock flanked by two lions. There are two main galleries to see at the museum. The first includes the various marine vessels used in Southern Sri Lanka and exhibits on local fishing communities. In addition you can see various relics picked up from shipwrecks around Galle, and in some cases - scale models of the wrecks and details of when they occurred. These items include maps, naval craft, ropes, earthenware, beer mugs, smoking pipes, barrels, and even old artillery guns and sailor shoes.
Duration: 30 minutes
Stop At: Jungle Beach, Unawatuna 80600 Sri Lanka
Situated just beyond the Galle town, Jungle Beach is a shaded sandy cove ideal for swimming and snorkeling. A small hike through the outer perimeters of the Rumassala Forest Reserve brings you to the Jungle Beach, and the first part of the beach is taken over by a beach restaurant and bar with sun beds on the beach and multilingual signs hanging from the trees. While it is very convenient to grab a quick snack or a cold beer after a swim, the further you get away from the restaurant closer you become to the true Jungle Beach experience. An isolated beach of with white sand and a turquoise blue ocean with gentle waves awaits anyone who dares to take a walk along the trim of Rumassala Mountain, a beach that is isolated and an ocean that is ideal for gentle swimming and snorkeling.
Duration: 1 hour
Departure Point :Traveler pickup is offered
We pick up from any hotel in ColomboAirports
- Bandaranayake Intl Airport, Colombo Sri Lanka
Departure Time :7:00 AM
Return Detail :-
Hotel Pickup :
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Not wheelchair accessible
- Near public transportation
- Infants must sit on laps
- Most travelers can participate
- This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
- Face masks required for travelers in public areas
- Face masks required for guides in public areas
- Face masks provided for travelers
- Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
- Social distancing enforced throughout experience
- Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
- Gear/equipment sanitized between use
- Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
- Guides required to regularly wash hands
- Regular temperature checks for staff
- Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
- Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
- You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
- For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.