Experience the magnificence of Sri Lanka

From getting up close with nature in tropical jungle safaris, to cool morning walks in mist shrouded tea plantations, there is something special for everyone in Sri Lanka, a land steeped in traditions and heritage, famed for its rich biodiversity and natural wonders. Discover Sri Lanka’s heritage and culture, and meet wonderful locals along the way, as you create unforgettable memories in this island paradise.

Things to Do

Located just 20 minutes away from Galle, Braganza House enjoys proximity to several tourist attractions, from museums to temples to picture perfect beaches. Or if you like to stay within the comforts of our grounds, Braganza House is well equipped with amenities to have you feel perfectly at home. From relaxing massages to cooking classes and cultural dance performances, there is plenty to do in the comfort of Braganza House without having to venture too far. Day activities can be arranged with our house manager.

Yoga and Massages

Rejuvenate your mind and body with a newfound sense of wellness in our gardens. Take a private yoga class by the pool deck sheltered under the beautiful canopy of trees, or simply unwind with a blissfully therapeutic massage session from the privacy of your own verandah.

Bicycle Rides

Enjoy the fresh countryside air and cool breeze as you cycle through the scenic villages and meandering paddy fields, and embrace life the way the locals do. From guided tours or self-guided rides, this is one of the best ways to explore the island’s village life, temples, fruit and vegetable markets, while spotting an electric blue kingfisher or two!

Cooking Class

Sri Lankan food looks deceptively simple but packs a punch with a dizzying array of flavour combinations and spices. From the ubiquitous hoppers to your favourite chutneys and curries, spend an afternoon with our in-house Chef and learn how to recreate your favourite Sri Lankan dishes at home!

Cultural Dance Performances

Sri Lanka is famous for its grand folk dances and classical dance culture which were originally part of healing rituals. The Upcountry or Kandyan dance is the most extravagant style of traditional dance, guaranteed to enthrall you with its rhythmic richness and diversity – a true celebration of tradition and culture!

Cultural Dance Performances

Sri Lanka is famous for its grand folk dances and classical dance culture which were originally part of healing rituals. The Upcountry or Kandyan dance is the most extravagant style of traditional dance, guaranteed to enthrall you with its rhythmic richness and diversity – a true celebration of tradition and culture!

Galle Fort

A walking tour is arguably the best way to explore Galle Fort and the Old Town, the most popular tourist attraction in the city. Originally built by the Portuguese in 1588 and fortified by the Dutch in the 17th century, the 400 year old Fort is a renowned UNESCO World Heritage site, housing the Galle Lighthouse, two national museums, and a shopping precinct.


Sri Lanka boasts some of the most beautiful beaches in Asia and is fast emerging as South Asia’s hidden gem for surfers with phenomenal waves all year round. For those who love to surf, head over to Midigama and Ahangama to ride some waves and enjoy the sunset. For those keen to get started, there are surf camps all year round, for all levels.

Train Rides

Take a train ride along the southern coast to Galle with spectacular seashore views, or enjoy a short 2.5 hour journey from Galle to Colombo, Sri Lanka’s largest city. For longer journeys, embark on “the world’s most beautiful train ride”, a seven hour journey from Kandy to Ella, through lush jungles, splendid tea terraces, and extraordinary mountain views.

Places to see

From spectacular natural landscapes, to religious and historic monuments to cultural landmarks, Sri Lanka is a land bestowed with stunning beauty. From our world famous beaches, to guided walks and tours in tea plantations, make every moment the gift of discovery.


Head to Wijaya Beach or Talpe Beach, where rock pools and calm waters are perfect for families with children. For those keen to pick up surfing or beginner surfers, the gentle waves at Dewata beach is a great place to start!

Cinnamon Plantations

Sri Lanka is the world’s largest producer and exporter of cinnamon, producing almost 90% of the world’s supply. First discovered by the Portuguese, cinnamon is well-loved for its distinct aroma and flavour. Discover how the hilly terrain and climate of Sri Lanka’s south coast are ideal for growing cinnamon, and learn more about the health benefits of Ceylon cinnamon!

Kogala Lake

For something different, try a boat safari along Kogala Lake, a bird watching hidden gem in Galle. Keep a lookout for the native kingfishers, cormorants, hawks and herons, and spot some wildlife along the way!


Sri Lanka has some of the most amazing National Parks in South Asia. Experience the abundance of wildlife in their natural habitats, from elephants, leopards, to exotic birds. Day trips can be easily arranged.

Sea Turtle Hatchery Madamodara

This sea turtle farm rescues turtles who are in danger of losing their lives to the fishing industry, caught in nets or hunted or food. The farm currently houses four varieties of turtles, with over 40 turtle occupants. Great for families with children, come visit and learn about how to make the world a safer place for our wildlife.

Tea Plantations

Sri Lanka produces some of the finest teas in the world. Explore the many tea plantations near Galle, learn about the different tea varieties and how tea is processed. For something unique, visit the Handunugoda Tea Estate, 30 minutes away from Galle Fort. Known as the Virgin White Tea Factory, it produces a white tea complete untouched by human hands, following an ancient Chinese ritual of tea plucking. The white tea is rich in antioxidants and is said to be the healthiest tea in the world!


The sacred Yatagala Temple is one of the most beautiful temples in Galle. Built around and within giant rock formations, this historical site is a great place to learn about the island’s rich Buddhist heritage.

Recommended Restaurants

From mouth-watering hoppers to exotic curries, the vibrant town of Galle on Sri Lanka’s southern coast is a melting pot of with cuisines, along with the endless array of cafes and boutiques dotting its cobbled streets. Here are some of our top picks!

Dumplings Café

Tucked away in a tiny nook along Church street, Dumplings Café is a small hidden gem in Galle serving up some of the best handmade dumplings and steamed buns made fresh daily. From steamed dumplings to fried ones, don’t forget to order a freshly brewed Sri Lankan coffee too! Both vegetarian and non-vegetarian options are available.

Fort Printers

The elegant Fort Printers Hotel serves both Mediterranean inspired dishes and traditional Sri Lankan fare. Expect a fine and vibrant menu with the freshest seafood and produce, good cocktails, and a great wine selection.

La Boheme/ Mama San

East meets West in this fun lively casual restaurant concept! You’ll be spoilt for choice with Boheme’s authentic wood fired pizzas and cocktails on the first floor, and Mama San’s piping hot Pan Asian favourites such as baos, dumplings and bimbimbap on the second floor.

Pedlar’s Inn Café

Located along the historic Pedlar’s Street at the heart of Galle Fort, this popular family friendly café and restaurant has an extensive menu ranging from local cuisine, fusion to vegan-friendly options. A wonderful place to relax with something for everyone!

Wijaya Beach

Enjoy Wijaya Beach for a good swim and unwind at the beachfront restaurant and bar for some of the best sunset views. Serving up an eclectic menu of Asian and European food, sit back and relax with their refreshing drinks and signature wood fired thin crust pizza. Guaranteed to bring out the good vibes and more!

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