Galle



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Galle
History buffs and day-trippers from the more N resorts tend to love this area. There is a heavy German/Dutch presence in nearby beach hotel areas. Accommodation consists of a selection of properties from small central hotels to modest beachfront establishments in the E reaches; one modern beachfront property on N outskirts of town. The beaches here are relatively poor and studded with rocks but the hotel N of town has a better sandy section. Unawatuna Bay, E of town, has a good curving sandy beach protected by an offshore reef. The town has a lively little bazaar, fish market and fruit and vegetable market; more suitable for viewing than participating. Best local buys include handicrafts, leather goods and gems from shops that serve the passing cruise-ship trade. Local excursions consist of half day trips: Galle town tour; Kosgoda and Bentota turtle hatcheries. Full day trips: Yala National Park safari; Rawana Ella Falls.