There are numerous excursions to suit guests’ wishes and interests, utilising public transport, tuktuk, or hired or private cars, according to distance and preference. Our staff will willingly advise and make any necessary bookings.
1) Galle Fort (15 minutes by tuktuk from Galle Hilltop) is a UNESCO world heritage site, of Portuguese and Dutch origin. Within its massive walls are numerous shops, cafés, restaurants, museums and churches.
2) The International Cricket Ground (15 minutes by tuktuk from Galle Hilltop) is just outside Galle Fort, and enthusiasts can watch the game at one of the most famous grounds in the Commonwealth.
3) Unawatuna (20 minutes by tuktuk from Galle Hilltop) is famous throughout the world for its golden beaches and crystalline waters backed by tropical vegetation, providing a scene of rare and unforgettable beauty and emotion.
4 The Rain Forest (40 minutes by tuktuk from Galle Hilltop): experience uncontaminated nature and admire rare tropical animals and vegetation.
5) South-west coast (about 1 hour by car from Galle Hilltop), where the following locations provide superb possibilities for bathing and sightseeing:
- Weligama, with its stick fishermen, tea plantation and the private island of Taprobane just offshore.
- Koggala, with its lagoon and turtle hatcheries.
- Matara, a smiling fishing centre.
- Tangalle, one of the most popular tourist destinations at the southernmost point of Sri Lanka.
6) North-west coast (about 1 hour by car from Galle Hilltop), with its many seaside locations up to the tourist centre of Bentota:
Bentota is renowned for its Buddhist temple, as well as water sports, boat trips and deep-sea fishing, its famous beaches for relaxation, or river excursions to investigate wildlife among the mangroves. Guests may also visit Villa Lunuganga, the home of the famous architect and socialite Geoffrey Bawa, as well as “Brief Garden”, the home of his brother Bevis.