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Visit Galle Fort

Galle is the nearest big town of historical interest to Surf South Sri Lanka HQ. Galle Fort has an amazing history – built by the Portuguese in 1620, reinforced by the Dutch, occupied by the British, and withstood the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami.

Another Sri Lanka UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is maze of narrow streets and period buildings, now a location of restaurants, boutiques and hotels. Wander round the ramparts, have a cup of tea on in the Great Hall veranda or enjoy an ice-cold beer or cocktail at sunset. There is a very European feel to the place with looming Dutch colonial mansions, a Lavazza coffee shop, Italian Pizzarea and some lovely modern rustic restaurants.

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Shopping Tips for the old town.

Visit our friends Stick No Bills on Church Street, Galle Fort  and pick up a timeless poster from the Ceylon Tourist Board marketing of yesteryear, or invest in one of their rare vintage movie posters. (Limited prints are also available from Lion’s Rest Hotel.)

There are many Antique markets, tourist and jewelry shops tucked within the grid or converted colonial buildings. Some of the shops will expect you to haggle.

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Galle International Cricket Stadium

Sri Lankan’s don’t like cricket, they love it! Galle hosts 35,000 capacity pitch, quite a size given that Lord’s is 28,000. Now we haven’t met any surf-cricket fanatics yet but we know you are out there so please get in touch.

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Also Sri Lankan’s don’t like reggea, they love it! But thats another story, Jimmy Cliff found a connection. There are more Bob Marley decorated tuk tuks than you can imagine.

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Fireworks Factory

NYE-Fireworks-Factory-Surf-Not an official tour but a trip can be arranged to buy fireworks for after a BBQ. Everyone chips in and the display is on the free land in Gurubebila. NYE 2013 was Epic!

Visit a Temple

Visit-a-Temple-Night Surf-South Sri LankaBuddhism is the majority religion in the south, visit a temple day and night. There are many temple festivals and full moon poya days.

Airport Transfers

Airport-Transfers-People-Carrier-Tours-Surf-South-Sri-LankaFor airport pick-up and transfers we partner with Holiday Taxis or in some cases, when you book direct with our accommodation, they can arrange a local driver.

Jeep Safari Yala

Safari-Lepoard-Surf-South-Sri-Lanka Jeep - Treehouse Yala Safari Tour in Yala National Safari Park. Explore sunset and sunrise with leopards, elephants, crocodiles, water buffalo, and all manner of birds and other animals. Local guide, Private chef, treehouse overnight experience.

Tea Plantation

Tea-Plantation-Photo-Credit-Sri-Lanka Tourist BoardPlenty of local tea plantations to tour, take in the green rolling hills, aromatic smells of the plantation, wind down and relax and with a cup of Ceylon tea.

The Backcountry

Backcountry-Sri-LankaDiscover the back country. There are plenty of tours by Tuk Tuk to local villages inland. You don't have to go far to find yourself unspoilt rural Sri Lanka and get a taste of village life.

Whale Watching

Whale Watching Surf South Sri LankaWhale Watching trips leave early from Mirissa Harbor for 4hrs including brunch. You may see any of the 5 types of whale and 4 types of dolphin.

Galle Fort

Galle-Fort-Photo-Credit-Sri Lanka Tourist BoardGalle Fort is a Sri Lanka UNESCO World Heritage Site. A maze of narrow streets and period buildings, restaurants and boutiques. Perfect day trip or stay in a beautiful colonial house.

Rent a Scooter

Bike-Sri-LankaIf you have never rented a scooter please don't do this. We have a couple for rent if you are sure, surfboards on bike racks are now illegal and the roads are mental.

Mountain Biking

Mountain-Biking-Sri-Lanka-Tourist-Board-Photo Mountain Biking, mostly group touring. The bike shop in Weligama sells cheap Chinese MTBs, bigger shops in Matara and Galle have more range. Galle has regular organised tours including MTBs.

Private Tours

Tours-Sri-Lanka-Rent-DriverTailor your own freestyle tour  of the heritage sites and countryside of Sri Lanka with one of our drivers in an air-conditioned, people carrier. Airport transfers also.