Galle Fort, Galle

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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. Plan to visit Galle Fort and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Galle attractions using our Galle vacation trip planner.
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  • August 18, 2017
    Small town on the sea within a Fort surrounded by high walls. Narrow streets with original buildings. Lovely hotels & restaurants with good international foods. lots of good jewellery shops selling go...  more »
  • August 18, 2017
    Recently I was at Galle Fort with my friends, In the evening time there are no such a place to spend whole the time. View of Galle town, ground and beach is much more attractive.  more »
  • August 18, 2017
    Nice place to visit. Gives good feelings. Nice people and very friendly. How impressive that this fort saved Gale from the Tsunami  more »
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A handful of accommodations can be found within the walls of the historic fort at Galle, including upmarket hotels and simple guesthouses, although the relatively few options usually can't cater to the number of visitors to the old town. Unless you reserve your spot well in advance, chances are you'll be looking just north of the fort where, closer to the waterfront, sit a range of upscale boutiques with sea views, and further back, a good number of simpler guesthouses and hotels. Nearby beach towns, and Colombo, remain popular places to stay among visitors just wanting to take a day trip to Galle.
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