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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  • Old fort, great to visit during the sunset or sunrise time. During the day time it's very hot there and crowded. There are only walls, nothing else. However, it's clean and well maintained.  more »
  • I happened to call the GHF to ask if they have walking tours, and they asked me to email the request and allocated Shiranga who was an excellent English speaking guide. He started at the peer...  more »

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