Galle City, Galle

Galle City, nestled on Sri Lanka's southwestern coast, stands as a beacon of colonial history and modern culture. This historic city is centred around the iconic Galle Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage site that dates back to Portuguese and Dutch eras, reflecting a past steeped in maritime trade and colonial battles. Today, Galle has transformed into a vibrant cultural hub, blending its ancient architecture with contemporary life. The streets within the fort are lined with boutique hotels, trendy cafes, and eclectic shops, offering a unique blend of old-world charm and modern amenities.

The city is not just about its historic fort; it's also known for its scenic coastal views and lush greenery, which provide a picturesque backdrop to the bustling street life. Galle’s strategic location enhances its connectivity, making it easily accessible by road and rail from major cities like Colombo, adding to its appeal as a tourist destination. The local economy thrives on tourism, with visitors drawn to its rich heritage, culinary diversity, and arts scene. Annual events like the Galle Literary Festival highlight its status as a cultural capital, attracting global attention. Galle City encapsulates the essence of Sri Lanka’s historical allure and contemporary lifestyle, making it a compelling place to visit or reside.
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City Insights

tick iconThe city is well-connected by road and rail, facilitating easy access from major cities like Colombo.
tick iconSituated on the southwestern tip of Sri Lanka, Galle City enjoys a prime coastal position, offering stunning ocean views and access to beautiful beaches.
tick iconDriven by tourism, the city’s economy also benefits from fishing and agriculture, supported by its coastal location.
tick iconMarked by centuries of colonial rule, the iconic city’s architecture and urban planning highlight its historical depth.
tick iconRich in colonial history, the city celebrates a blend of European and South Asian traditions through various cultural events, including the Galle Literary Festival.
tick iconA cosmopolitan city with a diverse mix of ethnicities and cultures, reflecting a vibrant community life.

Known Landmarks

  • Galle Fort

  • Radisson Blu Resort, Galle

  • Dutch Reformed Church

  • Jetwing Lighthouse

  • All Saints’ Church - Galle


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Bus Routes

2Colombo - Galle - Matara
2-1Colombo - Galle
35Galle - Ampara
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Nearest Train Stations

0kmGalle Railway Station
3.3kmKatugoda Railway Station
3.8kmRichmond Hill Train Station
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New Developments

tick iconIntroduction and construction of a wide range of modern and luxury apartment complexes such as Fairway Galle, Crystal Sands Villas in the Sky, Blue Ocean - Galle, and Ocean Breeze Hotel Residencies.

What’s great here?

tick iconWell-connected to the rest of the island through an extensive network of roads and a railway system, making travel to and from the city efficient and convenient​.
tick iconThe city’s road network provides direct routes to major cities and attractions, enhancing its appeal as a logistical hub.
tick iconA vibrant mix of historical attractions, modern amenities, and lively beaches.
tick iconThe city’s eclectic array of boutique shops, restaurants, and cultural sites provide a rich residential and tourist experience.
tick iconOffers convenient access to a comprehensive array of public amenities and facilities that cater to the day-to-day needs of residents.
tick iconGenerally considered safe for residents and tourists alike.
tick iconThe area’s environment is marked by its scenic landscapes, including beautiful beaches and the iconic Galle Fort that offers panoramic views of the surrounding area.

What needs attention?

tick iconSignificant traffic congestion in and around the fort area, particularly during peak tourist seasons.
tick iconParking in and around the fort area is a real challenge, almost all year round.
tick iconWhile Galle boasts a rich array of cultural and dining options, the cost of living in some aspects such as dining out can be high, particularly in tourist-centric areas.
tick iconA need for more enhanced measures for pedestrian safety within the fort.
tick iconA slight uptick in safety incidents and concerns (especially in remote areas), as a result of the ongoing economic crisis.
tick iconThe environmental pressures of tourism, such as waste management and the maintenance of public spaces, are in need of extra attention.

Neighbourhood Rating


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Connectivity & Commute4 out of 5
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Lifestyle & Facilities4.5 out of 5
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Safety & Security4 out of 5
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Environment4.5 out of 5

Property Price Trends in Galle City for

Average Price (Last 12 months)
Rs. 29,224.79 sqft
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