Galle beyond the Fort

Galle is a small city on Sri Lanka’s south-west coast which is best known for its 17th-century Dutch fort, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The fort’s dramatic sea-facing ramparts, stunning heritage architecture and interlaced streets lined with small shops, art galleries and restaurants have long attracted tourists, and it remains one of the most popular hotspots for travellers visiting Sri Lanka.

However, Galle is so much more than its fort. Activities near Galle abound. The inland countryside is idyllic, and can be explored via boat along quiet rivers or by bike on tranquil trails. Traditional cooking classes are available, in local homes within the fort or a wattle-and-daub hut in a scenic rural setting.…

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10 Best Sri Lanka Beach Hotels

Dreaming of a tropical beach where you can indulge in thrilling water-sports, stroll along the sand and gaze at glorious sunrises and sunsets? Us too. The 10 best Sri Lanka beach hotels offer all this and more. There are options to delight all types of traveller, from honeymooners hankering after a romantic hideout to families seeking a safe and fun-filled stay.

Browse our top 10 Sri Lanka beach escapes to find the beach hotels in Sri Lanka best suited to you.

Top 10 beach hotels in Sri Lanka

Rock Villa

Set on a long, sweeping beach in Bentota just two hours from the airport, Rock Villa is an enchanting boutique hotel ideal for couples seeking peace and romantic sunset strolls.…

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Top 5 Sri Lanka south coast beaches

Discover the diversity of Sri Lanka’s southern coastline, from the beautiful Mirissa Bay which offers wonderful whale watching opportunities and a variety of water-sports, to the picture-perfect tropical beaches of Tangalle, arguably Sri Lanka’s most romantic holiday destination. Here are just a few of our favourites:

Unawatuna

Just 15 minutes from popular Galle Fort, the UNESCO World Heritage Site which also offers travellers great shopping and dining opportunities, Unawatuna is a wide bay fringed by relaxed beach bars and restaurants that offers a variety of water-sports and safe swimming from December to March.

Best for: Those looking for affordable accommodation and a laidback atmosphere.…

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The best viewpoints in Sri Lanka’s hill country

Sri Lanka’s central hill country is a dramatic landscape of jagged mountains, undulating hills and rushing waterfalls, covered in carpets of tea and patches of alpine cloud forest. This region invites adventure, and those willing to explore on foot will be rewarded with exhilarating views.

Discover our top seven viewpoints in Sri Lanka’s hill country, from dreamy valley vistas to luminescent lakes:

7. Gombaniya, Knuckles Mountain Range

Trek to the top of Gombaniya, the highest peak in Knuckles Mountain Range, for sensational valley views across the Kandyan foothills. The final part of the hike runs through cloud-shrouded alpine forest, surprising vegetation for a tropical country which highlights this area’s diverse flora.…

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