Are you a kind of person who loves traveling? And apart from traveling, do you live exploring places? Then I think the city of Galle in Sri Lanka is one of the best places that should be on your list. As named by the tourists, Galle is the timeless song of the sea! Surrounded by lively scenic beauty and structurally magnificent monuments, Galle is a place that is worth visiting once in a lifetime. Galle, previously known as Point de Galle, is the city known for its past and history. It is situated on the South west coast of Sri Lanka and is the capital city of the South Western Province. The city is a showpiece of the Portuguese, Dutch and British rule.
The main attraction of Galle is the 300-year old fort known as Galle Fort, a fortified old city founded by Portuguese colonists in the 16th century. The city is full of car-less streets and stone walls which are a living proof of the architectural excellence of the Portuguese rulers.
So if you are visiting Galle, there is no guarantee that you have been here most often,
right? So the question is, where should you live then? Most of the online sites will suggest various 3-star and 5-star hotels which are mostly out of budget! So the best alternative of these luxury hotels are the counterparts called hostels. And these hostels provide almost all facilities and amenities you are going to need during your stay.
Here is a list of some best hostels to choose from When you are visit Galle on a trip –
The Old Parkland Hostel is located in the heart of the Galle city, making it a perfect living option for those who want to explore the beautiful city.
The hostel claims to be one of the oldest one of its kind being about 120 years old house but with the unique touch of the Sri Lankan tradition and culture and is located very close to the World Heritage site of Galle Dutch Fort.
It has a lot of things to offer including living in the lap of nature. The rooms available are only dormitories and these dorm rooms are fashioned with a modern touch. All the rooms are air conditioned and have attached private bathrooms and free towels.
Other added features offered are free Wi-Fi, television, bed linen, wall fans and reading lamps. A big and beautiful green garden is present in the front of the hostel and it also has a swimming pool and basketball court.
Breakfast is provided every morning at a reasonable price. Various famous tourist attractions like the Galle City, the Jungle beach and Unawatuna beach are present at a walking distance. Other places are located at a minimal distance too! There is no such mention of a stay limit and payment is accepted as cash upon arrival only.
Address – No. 278, Udugama Road, Bataduwa, Galle
Price – Staying from INR 764
Rating – 9.8/10
Phone: +94 77 420 9127
As stated by the guests, this is one of the best living locations inside the city of Galle. This hostel has got some of the really good ratings by the guests because of the environment and the hostel staff. Coming to the hostel, it is located in a beautiful destinations surrounded by lush green trees making the rooms with living. At first sight one may feel that the hostel is a modernized but, but things may not be what they always seem to be! It is a beautifully yet simply designed house with a swimming pool in the middle of the building.
The rooms are private ones with a modern touch. And some of these rooms JUNGLE HOSTEL are provided with a balcony as well! All the rooms have attached private bathrooms, brand new air conditioners and hot water pumps. Various tourist places are located at a reasonable distance, some of which include the Galle Fort and the Galle Fort National Museum at a distance of only 400m and the Galle International Cricket Stadium at only 700m. The staff is responsive and claims to help all 24 hours. Breakfast is not included and there is no stay limit mentioned. Payment is cash payment upon arrival only.
Address – 62A/2, Light House Street, Galle
Price – Starting from INR 1911
Rating – 9.7/10
Phone: +94 77 159 2986
The Jungle Hostel Villa is well known among the tourists for its hospitality and service. This hostel is located about 400m from the city centre and is situated in a beautiful scenic location. As one can guess from the name, this hostel gets its name from the lush green jungle in front of the premises. If the Jungle is real or artificially created is a question which can be answered only after visiting the hostel itself! But the staff promises full security of the guests.
The jungle is a house to many varieties of monkeys, lizards, birds, Weasel and squirrel, which make a beautiful natural environment to spend a vacation. The hostel looks like a modern house built in the middle of a jungle! The bus and train stations are located within 15 minutes distance. Most of the famous bars and restaurants of Galle are at a walking distance as well. Other tourist destinations are at a minimal distance. The Villa provides all of the Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner at a reasonable price.
Added to these are the tea brewing pot and coffee machines present in each room. The hostel provides both privates suites and dormitories which have attached private bathrooms. The main attraction of the hostel are events that are held every weekend, the BBQ parties, food teaching lessons and regular outgoing events. There is no mention of any stay limit and payment is cash payment upon arrival only.
Address – 27/3, Lower Dickson Road, Galle
Price – Staying from INR 1284
Rating – 9.3/10
Phone: +94 76 775 1802
Villa Vidura is an amazing hostel which lies at a wonderful location with the sea side almost visible from the room windows. With the Jungle beach nearby, the vibes of the jungle give a natural feeling to the guests. The hostel has a lot to offer. It is situated at about 1.7 Kms away from the Galle city centre. The hostel is a modern flat type with an elegant touch of the Sri Lankan culture.
The hostel itself is an open book of the Sri Lankan tradition and culture, with the walls and paintings depicting the artistic excellence of the place. There are no dormitories available and rooms are private ones. Each room has its own attached private bathroom and free towels. Rooms are properly air conditioned with free Wi-Fi and television in each room.There are two public balconies for the guests to sit and chill out. The Bonavista beach is located at a walking distance of only 7 minutes.
The other two beaches located nearby are the Jungle Beach and the beautiful Unawatuna beach. The Galle Dutch Fort is also at a minimal distance. Other amenities include the Whale Watching Safari, boating, surfing lessons and many more. The hostel provides its own rental scooters and bikes as well! There is no mentioned staying limit and payment is cash only payment on arrival.
Address – 11, Makuluwa 1st Lane, Makuluwa, Galle
Price – Starting from INR 499
Rating – 9.1/10
Phone: +94 914 545 610
This may be the hostel that almost all guest will be looking for. The Galle Fort is well known as a Heritage site and it is common that hostels are located at some distance to the fort, so one has to travel to the fort to explore it. But the Muhsin Villa is located inside the Galle Fort, in the heart of the fort. So there is no need of any external transportation now!
The whole hostel is surrounded on all sides by the fort walls and ramparts making the stay a unique one. The whole hostel is a trademark of the old and ancient Sri Lankan culture. Since the hostel is inside the fort, the sandy beaches like the Jungle beach and the Unawatuna beach arrival located within a distance of 5 minutes walk only. In the evening, the beach air gives a feel of refreshment to the mind and soul. Various restaurants, bars, coffee shops and shopping malls are also within walking distance.
Only private rooms are available in the hostel which come with an attached bathroom of their own and towels free. Each room has television, kitchen, coffee and tea maker and also strong and fast Wi-Fi connection. On the second floor of the hostel is a community lounge area and kitchen for the guests. But the better place to chill out is the roof terrace of the hostel which is as large as a tennis court! There is no such stay limit of the hostel and payment is through cash upon arrival only.
Address – 43 Light House Street, Fort Galle, Galle
Price – Starting from INR 2999
Rating – 8.9/10
Phone: +94 912 222 109
The Dreamers Arc Hostel is situated in the centre of the historic city of Galle. This hostel is situated in a perfect location with almost all tourist location and other required stuffs available at a considerable distance. The main bus stand is situated 600m away from the premises whereas the railway station is 620m far. This hostel does not feature any private rooms and has dormitories only. But the dormitories are made to give a perfect feel of living to the guests. These dorms have bunker beds and personal lockers as well.
Almost every room has personal attached bathroom and there are two shared bathrooms as well. Two large spacious during areas add to the list.
These sitting areas are best utilize during the night time where guests can take the pleasure of the night sky of the Galle city. The hostel also has its own multi-cuisine restaurant which serves food at a considerable price.
The hostel also provides free Wi-Fi, tea and coffee anytime. The Galle Fort, beaches, bazaars and super markets are all at a walking distance. There is no stay limit in the hostel and payment mode is cash payment upon arrival only.
Address – 5/2, Upper Dickson Road, Galle
Price – Staying from INR 476
Rating – 8.9/10
Phone: +94 76 427 9642
Curry Leaf Hostel is another hostel featured in this list which is placed in the heart of the World Heritage site Galle Fort. The hostel is a small but fabulous building with scenic beauties surrounding the whole premises. The Curry Leaf hostel is a three storied building with around five or six rooms, which include both dormitories and private ones. The first and second floor consist of rooms and other facilities and the ground floor is all about the reception, swimming pool and the dining.
On one side of the hostel is seen the beautiful and mesmerising Indian Ocean which sends the vibes of the ocean while on the other side is seen the antique and elegant Galle Fort and the light House Street. All the rooms have attached bathrooms and free towels. Every room is equipped with a kitchen and television and also offer free Wi-Fi. The hostel staff is very loyal and responsive and the environment is completely friendly.
There is an added feature of all day dining and outer restaurants lie at a close proximity as well. The hostel provides various other facilities such as surfing lessons, history tour walk with a resident of the fort to understand the Galle culture and many more.
There is no staying limit of the hostel and payment options include cash payment on arrival only.
Address – 62B, Light House Street, Galle Fort, Galle
Price – Staying from INR 2497 (private suites) and INR 714 (dorms)
Rating – 8.3/10
Phone: +94 77 635 3353
The Sanras hotel is perhaps the best hostel to live in when one wants to explore everything within close range! Everything Sri Lanka is known about lies in close proximity to the hostel, making it one of the fan favourite hostels in Galle. The Sanras Hotel is situated on the Galle – Colombo Road in a place called Dadalla. The hostel is about 2 kilometres away from the historical city of Galle and a maximum fare of Rs. 150 will take the guests to the centre of the city.
The best fact of the hostel is that while traveling around the premises and along the way from the airport or station, the Sri Lankan culture like the Buddhist temples, livelihood of the villages and common green cultivations like coconut, cinnamon etc. can be seen. Gems and Jewellery, Wood carving, Hand looms, Moonstone Mines etc. are also available to explore within fairly short distances from Sanras.
The Dadalla beach is almost 100m from the hostel and other famous beaches like the Unawatuna and Hikkaduwa beaches are approximately 5-10 kilometres away.
The Galle Fort is around 2.5 kilometres away. Other places like the compelling biodiversity of the World Famous rainforests like Kottawa and Kanellya and the surrounding waterfalls are around 25 Kms away from the premises. Food is served at a reasonable price and guests can take the feel of the sunset from the large balcony on the 4th floor. Rooms are only private ones and no dorms, with 8 of them in total with attached private bathrooms.
The is no stay limit in the hostel and payment is cash payment upon arrival.
Address – No 318A, Galle Road, Dadalla
Price – Staying from INR 793
Rating – 8.3/10
Phone: +94 77 717 8461
These were some of the best hostels to choose from when traveling to the beautiful and historic city of Galle in Sri Lanka.