This area of Galle is walled and full of boutique hotels, coffee shops, souvenir shops and jewellery shops. You can truly find something for everyone at the Galle Fort, including traditional Sri Lankan demon masks, batik dresses, ruby and sapphire earrings, handmade notebooks and recycled wood pencils. If these gifts aren’t for someone you are travelling with, the shopkeepers will pack it all up ready for safe travel back home.
The ramparts are the walls that surround the Galle Fort. They are so thick that you can walk on top of them. You will see the fort, the ocean crashing against the cliffs, the lighthouse and if you want, the Maritime Museum. See the Amangalla Hotel, where two Duran Duran videos were filmed in the eighties. Have a king coconut from the street sellers on bikes before going to lunch at Church Street Social in the Fort Bazaar hotel.
Church Street Social at The Fort Bazaar, 26 Church Street, Galle Fort, +94 077 363 8381
A great tradition that you might want to incorporate into your Sri Lankan Christmas Eve festivities is a High Tea experience at the Amangalla Hotel. Delicious pastries accompany a steaming pot of real Ceylon tea. This is an experience to be shared, even the kids will love it as long as they are careful with the china!
If you aren’t up for any resting, then why not go catch some waves at Unawatuna. If you don’t have your own board you can rent some from the Nalu Surf Shop. Not an expert? Not to worry, they can show you the ropes with fun boards. Perfect for families with children.
After discovering the hidden gems of Galle Fort, take a few hours break at your hotel before dinner. Unawatuna is the beach area a few kilometres from Galle Fort. Along the beach in Unawatuna, there are plenty of restaurants to choose from for dinner. Most restaurants will have dinner specials. Try Thaproban, Lucky Tuna, Kingfisher or Tartaruga. At midnight on Christmas Eve, everyone lights firecrackers and some places might have some fireworks.
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Unawatuna is the electronic party capital of Sri Lanka. One of the favourite places for these parties is Villawaterlily in Unawatuna. This year, they are having a pool party on Christmas Eve. This one is for the real party lovers!