Galle, the administrative capital of Southern District of Sri Lanka, is situated 119 kms (75 Miles) away from Colombo. The Galle Fort, built in the 17th century by the Dutch invaders, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is the largest remaining fortress in Asia built by European occupiers.
Under the leadership of Lorenzo de Almeida Portuguese made their first landing at the Galle Harbor. Capital of southern Sri Lanka in 1587; the Portuguese annexed Galle from its Singhalese kings and built its first fortress naming it "Santacrusz". To this day it looks back to 500 years of nurture under Singhalese, Portuguese, Dutch and British stewardship.
Lined with tiny cobble stone streets and alleys, Dutch style old bungalows and villas, tiny shops with jewels, trinkets and other souvenirs, and intimate little boutique hotels, luxurious villas and restaurants, that walking these quaint streets will take you on a journey back in time. Galle is the most popular destination on the southern coastal belt, offering a treat to every eager traveler. Its sun kissed beaches are lined with an array of hotels ranging from budget to boutique options, and a variety of restaurants thus leaving you with much to select from. At night the coast comes to life with many bars to visit and sip a nice cocktail with the wind in your hair.
From Airport : Take the Katunayake Colombo Expressway (E03) / Outer Circular Highway (E02) / Southern Expressway (E01) to Galle (Exit from the 8th interchange Pinnaduwa)
From Airport : Take the Puttalam - Colombo main road (A003) / Colombo – Galle main Road (A002). (However the drive on the A003/A 002 will be more time consuming than other option)
From Colombo : Take the Southern Railway (Colombo/Matara) disembark at Hikkaduwa station. Please log in to : Sri Lanka Railway Official Website For train timings
If you are travelling by Air you can either charter an Air Taxi or a Helicopter from the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) or from Colombo and land in Koggala Aerodrome which is approximately 15 Kms (9 Miles) away from Galle.