Galle Fort, Galle

Must see · World heritage site · Historic Site · Tourist Spot
Visit the World Heritage Site of Galle Fort, a historic 16th-century fortress noted for its well preserved walls and Dutch colonial architecture. Jutting out into the sea on the Bay of Galle, the fort was built in 1588 by Portuguese settlers, while the Dutch solidified it and populated its walls from the early 17th century until the British took over. Take a stroll along the narrow streets and alleys of the fortified city, admire the typical Dutch-style buildings, or take a guided tour to learn more about its history. Today, a museum, as well as many charming shops and cafes, can be found in the fort's interior. Use our Galle trip planner to add Galle Fort and other attractions to your Galle vacation plans.
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  • Huge and very well-preserved fort. We have been to many forts and have never seen so many business and homes in a fort. There are lots of original buildings and an effort has been made to maintain...  more »
  • One of the best place to spend your evening time mostly in weekends. Relaxing mindset with the wind and colonial atmosphere. Sri Lankans love this place surroundings with lovely colonial type...  more »

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