This is a primary attraction. Walking around the Fort’s Ramparts is a good early morning excursion. This is the largest remaining fortress in Asia built by Europeans. Any time later in the day you are likely to be accosted by salesmen and women selling everything from linen like lace doilies to silverware. Occasionally you will even come across young lovers hidden in the crevices of the fort. Most of them hide their faces the minute they see you!
The lighthouse on Point Utrecht bastion is also a popular sightseeing spot. It was completed in 1939 and stands 18 metres high. It was built not by the Dutch but by the British, who were by then the chief power to reckon with in Galle. It is to be found on the eastern end of the Fortress walls. The lighthouse keeper runs a gem store next door. So if you can get his permission you can climb to the top of the lighthouse to get a spectacular view of the sea and the land.
There are a number of Buddhist temples around that you can visit including the Peace Pagoda. Then you can also visit the Meeran Jumma Masjid which is a mosque in the Arab Quarter of the fort. You'd be excused for thinking it’s a church, as the only difference is that the domes have crescents on top instead of crosses. Original construction was done in 1750 but portions underwent reconstruction in the 20th century as well.
Situated on the south coast of Sri Lanka is the fun coastal town of Hikkaduwa. Almost 20km northwest of Galle and approximately 100km away from Colombo, Hikkaduwa Beach was one of the first beaches to have been discovered in the island, by tourists in 1960. The town is actually located around the main road, which connects Colombo to Galle.
One of the most famous tourist destinations in Galle district, the pristine beach, along with crystal-clear water and the range of water sports and activities available here have successfully captivated the attention of tourists from all over the world.
58 km or 1 ¼ hours’ drive from Colombo, Beruwela marks the start of the commercial strip of south west coast resorts out of Colombo. This is one of Sri Lanka’s two top tourist destinations, the other being Bentota. The fine beaches here attract most of the visitors to the island, especially towards the end of the year, when the northeast monsoon ensures calmer seas this side of the island. Beruwela is a predominantly Muslim town and boasts the oldest mosque in Sri Lanka, situated on a beautiful headland just out of town. It is believed to have been built at the landing site of the first recorded Muslim settlers and was then known as Barberyn. Thousands of pilgrims flock to the mosque each year for the festival at the end of Ramadan.
Hometown of a famous local writer Martin Wickramasinghe. The museum of Folk, Art & Culture built in his honour at his old residence has an excellent display of local folk items. They include the costumes of folk dancers, sports items, household items and furniture and vast arena of the folk life of the early 20th century. Take a boat trip in the lagoon and Kogggala Lake to see many of its small islands, which is a popular destination for bird watching.