Hostels in Galle, Sri Lanka

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Get to know Galle (no more "I wish I knew this before")

This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Galle. To help you make friends with Galle before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!

Galle is one of the biggest holiday destinations in Sri Lanka. It is characterized by picturesque views, ancient buildings, a huge amount of history, and some of the most incredible architectural sites in the country. The town is full of hostels, hotels, and other accommodations. It is also one of the busiest parts of the country all through the year. If you want a hostel in Galle, you have to book it in advance. Hostels tend to be on the expensive side here because of the high demand.

The Galle Fort is one of the most famous structures in the region. It is an ancient Dutch fort that commanded a view of the nearby harbor in the time of Dutch colonization. Located within the walls of the fort, which still stand today, is the Old Town of Galle. This historic sector is accessible only by foot. You can walk here from your hostel and spend the day walking the ramparts of the fort looking out over the city and the sea. The ancient cannon emplacements, powder rooms, and coastal defenses are all standing today.

While you are here, you should also travel to nearby Unawatuna, which is about ten minutes away. Find a local who will give you directions to Jungle Beach. This is not often visited by tourists. You have to take a drive up a mountain and then trek through the jungle for fifteen minutes before you come out onto a secluded bay that is ringed by forests and mountains. The water is crystal clear and a sparkling blue. You can relax in isolation here before heading back.

The Dutch Hospital is one last place to check out in Galle, although there are many more you see while exploring. This is the ancient hospital of the Dutch colonials, transformed into a modern-day shopping precinct, complete with restaurants and a number of retail stores. Located in the cobbled streets of the fort proper, it is one of the best-preserved remnants of the colonial rule.

Written by local enthusiast for Galle hostels

Written by local enthusiast for Galle hostels Jakob Lombardi

FAQ about Galle Hostels

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Your Packing List for Galle

Your Packing List for Galle

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Galle Hostel Cheatsheet

Above we list every single hostel there is in the city. Let us take a broader look at what you can expect - and what not. We created this cheatsheet for you to get a more complete picture of the hostel quality in Galle, average prices and types of hostels to choose from.
12 Total number of hostels
$13 Average dorm price
$16 Cheapest hostel in Galle
Old Parkland Hostel is the cheapest
6 Party hostels in Galle
Dewata Hostel is the best rated
4.5 Average rating of all hostels

Other Nearby Cities

Unawatuna (4 Km / 3 mi.)
Hikkaduwa (17 Km / 11 mi.)
Ahangama (17 Km / 10 mi.)
Midigama (21 Km / 13 mi.)
Weligama (25 Km / 15 mi.)
Mirissa (28 Km / 18 mi.)

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