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8 Things To Do In Galle

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The south coast Galle region is one of the most complete tourist destinations in Sri Lanka. The historic UNESCO-certified Galle Fort is the region’s foremost attraction but there are many more activities and attractions in the local area to keep you busy for days. Here are some of our favourites:

Galle Fort Walk

Local author Juliet Coombe hosts a variety of guided walking tours in historic Galle Fort, focusing on architecture, people and food. The walks last for around 90-minutes and include a stop for refreshments. Galle Fort’s historic streets, lined with cafés and boutiques and home to European churches, mosques, old spice warehouses and museums, are also ripe for exploring on your own.

Website: www.sriserendipity.com/walking_tours.html

Galle’s Beaches

Galle is blessed with a great variety of beaches. Galle Fort itself has a pretty beach just south of the lighthouse that can be lovely for an early morning swim before anyone else is about. Other favourites are Dalawella Beach, beside the popular Wijeya Beach Restaurant, and Unawatuna Beach whose wide horseshoe-shaped bay offers safe swimming throughout the year. From Unawatuna you can also arrange diving, deep-sea fishing and snorkelling.

Idle Bikes & Boats

Explore Galle’s picturesque interior by bicycle on a guided tour of the region’s verdant hills, sleepy villages, paddy fields and jungle. You can pick from a variety of trails; each route takes in the quietest, most scenic back roads and bunds. Idle Tours also offer boat trips on the Gin Ganga River west of Galle, a peaceful waterway home to a Sri Lanka’s aquatic wildlife and birds.

Website: www.idletours.com

Looking for a perfect spot for lunch or dinner? Have a look at our favourite restaurants in the South of Sri Lanka. 

Handunugoda Tea Estate

Tea is grown across Sri Lanka, and The Handunugoda Tea Estate is one of the closest tea plantations to the coast. Here you can take a tour of the estate, have a nosy around the factory and enjoy a tasting and buying session of the many types of tea. The estate is also famous for producing white tea, a delicate variety that retails for around US$1500 a kilo.

Website: www.virginwhitetea.com

Habaraduwa Turtle Hatchery

Sri Lanka’s sandy shores are prime targets for nesting marine turtles who come ashore to lay their eggs in the very same place they were born.

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Canggu Go-to: FINNS Recreation Club

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Finns Recreation Club (formerly known as Canggu Club) is set on a sprawling four-hectare estate amongst the rice fields of Canggu, Bali. It’s a one-stop destination for people of all ages to work out, play sport, have some water fun, relax in the sun or be pampered with Balinese massages and beauty treatments at the spa. There are three floodlit tennis courts, a state-of-the-art gym, group fitness studios, a 25-metre swimming pool, as well as great food outlets offering everything from healthy snacks to hearty international and local cuisine.

Finns Recreation Club Fitness Centre is the heart of the club – a huge air-conditioned gym with new equipment for spinning, weight lifting, cardio and stretching, and studio rooms for private and group fitness classes. The sauna and steam room are also up to standard. Plenty of ways to work out under the sun as well – swim laps in the pool, play tennis or join a game of football or rugby on the sports field.

Splash Water Park features world-class water slides and activities that will take fun to a whole new level, including the Giant Racer (a 5-storey-high, 90-metre-long slide); Speed Racer (designed for the younger ones); Super Bowl; Big Red and Crazy Creek. Splash Playground is an area dedicated to the little ones complete with a lagoon pool.

Bounce Trampoline Centre has a specially designed, spring-loaded frame allowing you to bounce really high! But fear not, all its frames and springs are covered by 2-inch thick safety pads. You can free- bounce and practice tricks all day, or you can join in organised activities like trampoline dodge ball or basketball.

Strike Ten Pin Bowling offers the latest ten pin bowling experience in Bali. The six lanes have automatic pinsetters and computerised scoring systems, so keeping score isn’t a chore, and bumpers are available for kids (or anyone else) to keep the bowling ball out of the gutter. Whether you are looking for a fun-packed family day out or catching up with friends, bowling is a great way to team up and enjoy a day or evening.

Cubby House Kids Club is tailored for kids aged 2-12. It provides a safe yet stimulating environment to keep kiddies happy and busy all-day long. Children from 2 to 4 years old are accompanied by Cubby House Kids Club staff and have their own space where they can play Lego,

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