Galle Fort, Galle

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. Arrange your visit to Galle Fort and discover more family-friendly attractions in Galle using our Galle trip planner .
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  • It is worth the visit to Galle Fort. It is very well preserved and offers great views of the coastline. I would suggest visiting either early in the morning or late in the day as it can be very hot. T...  more »
  • UNESCO status has been beneficial to this area. The fortifications are impressive and the little lanes inside are charming, but somewhat lacking a genuine Sri Lankan atmosphere. Nowhere near as hideou...  more »
  • It is perfect to walk to. Colombo and Kandy and also is a cute town European-style and a different atmosphere.
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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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