Villas in Galle

Villa Holiday Guides: 24 Hours in Galle, Sri Lanka

Planning a quick stop through Galle on your South Coast Sri Lanka adventure? Here’s our guide to 24 hours in Galle and the surrounding areas. 

Things to do when you only have 24 hours in Galle, Sri Lanka

Starting the day in Galle Fort

The day began with a lovely breakfast on the tranquil terrace at The Amangalla Hotel in the heart of Galle Fort. The rest of the morning was spent ambling on the ramparts and through the winding streets of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, drifting from shop to shop and browsing an abundance of goods. Fragrant Ayurveda luxuries were picked up at Spa Ceylon before discovering Mimimango on Pedlar Street. Jo Eden’s collection was truly stunning and it was hard to leave without snapping a few items up. Behind the shop in a pretty hidden courtyard, Poonie’s Kitchen was a quiet and relaxing spot to stop for a vegetarian lunch of a delicious Thali plate followed by the carrot cake.

Idle Bikes Tour

It was easy to spend a couple of hours there reading a book and escaping the midday heat. A guided tour from Idle Bikes was the perfect way to spend the afternoon, cruising through the paddy fields and soaking up the village atmosphere. This was a great way to escape the busy beaches and see a different way of life in the area. We stopped for are freshing Thambili on the way and saw plenty of wildlife, from monitor lizards to monkeys.

Stop for a swim at Wijaya Beach

After a few hours cycling, a swim at Wijaya Beach was the best way to cool off after the ride, luckily spotting a few turtles in the lagoon. Delicious cocktails and pizza followed at the beach bar restaurant, as the sun went down and the sky turned orange and red.

Late night drinks and dinner in Unawatuna

After deciding to carry on late into the night, it was a trip to one of Unawatuna’s best-known bars, the kingfisher. Music, dancing and more cocktails followed, rounding off the busy day that had just passed and leading to a well-deserved sleep. 

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