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Would you like to stay in a private luxury villa with amazing jungle view? While aslo being just a short drive from World herritage site Galle Fort and tons of beautiful beaches? Then Naked Villa is the place for you! In the middle of the jungle with monkeys jumping in the trees, lizards crawling on the ground and amazing birdlife that you can spot from everywhere in the villa. Big roof terrace, the 20m infinity pool, lounge, bathrooms and offcourse bedrooms.
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Fort Sky is a double bedroom apartment with en-suite attached bathroom, and a wonderful terrace on the top floor with a lounge bar, kitchenette and open to sky balcony. The upstairs rooftop terrace has a small kitchenette where guests can prepare and cook simple meals, and dine under the sky. Fort Sky is located in a very convenient central location, just minutes walk from the best restaurants and shops. It’s the perfect base to explore all the charms and delights of Galle Fort.
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Your guide to Galle
All About Galle
Located on the southwestern coast of Sri Lanka, Galle is known for its tropical beaches, crumbling ruins, and chic boutiques and architectural influence from the Portuguese, Dutch, and British as seen in St. Mary’s Cathedral with its towering, Victorian-style facade. Within the confines of the imposing Galle Fort ramparts — a UNESCO World Heritage Site — you can experience the National Maritime Museum and a handful of historic sites, reminders of the area’s past as an important spice trading port. Just outside the city of Galle, you can find an astonishing array of beaches, including the famous Unawatuna Beach and the lesser-known Bentota Beach. The lush landscape of the region is dotted with nature reserves and parks, such as the Sinharaja Forest Reserve and Rumassala Hill, making it a great place for hiking and bird watching too.
How do I get around Galle?
The closest airport to Galle is Koggala Airport (KCT). From there, you can take a 30-minute taxi ride to the city center of Galle or to one of the neighboring towns, like Unawatuna. However, most international visitors to Sri Lanka will arrive at Colombo’s Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB), two hours away from the city of Galle. You can also take a train or a bus from downtown Colombo. Train times vary greatly, so make sure to ask the duration before you book a ticket. And while you can rent a car, it is generally not recommended unless you have experience driving Sri Lanka’s roads, which can be challenging for the uninitiated. Within the city of Galle, it is easy to visit most of the main attractions on foot, and walking along the cobblestone streets is one of the best ways to get to know the city.
When is the best time to stay in a vacation rental in Galle?
The region experiences a warm, tropical climate, making any time of year a good time to secure your Galle vacation rental. The dry season lasts from around October until April, offering sunny weather that is ideal for hiking or spending days on the beach. In January, Galle hosts a literary festival, which features many of the world’s most critically acclaimed authors. Although the dry season is a common time to visit Galle, the rainy season shouldn’t scare you away. It usually only rains for a few hours, leaving you plenty of time to explore the region. It is also an excellent time to wander around Galle right after the rain stops, as you can get some great photos of the city’s architecture reflected off the puddles.
What are the top things to do in Galle?
Built by the Portuguese in the 16th century, Galle Fort was enlarged substantially by the Dutch in the 17th century and nowadays you can find their coat of arms as you enter the main gate. Within the immediate area of Galle Fort, the historic center is complete with cobblestone streets and brightly painted buildings, as well as a 17th-century Dutch church and a late 18th-century lighthouse.
Sinharaja Forest Reserve
As the last remaining section of virgin forest in Sri Lanka, this breathtaking reserve features a huge array of flora and fauna, including more than 130 bird species. If you are lucky, you may be able to spot a purple-faced langur monkey or a giant squirrel while exploring this biodiversity hotspot.
Unawatuna is one of Sri Lanka’s most popular beaches, featuring an expanse of golden sand fringed with palm trees. The water is generally calm, making it a great place for swimming. At the end of the beach, there is a small hill with a pagoda and Buddha statue with wonderful views of the beach and the turquoise water of the Indian Ocean.