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The Galle Dutch Fort
Explore this UNESCO World Heritage Site
The Galle Dutch Fort
Old-World Charm in Contemporary Sri Lanka
The Galle Dutch Fort is one of the most beautiful and popular places to visit in Sri Lanka. This UNESCO World Heritage Site perfectly captures our long, rich, and diverse history encompassing over 400 years of colonial rule. From the rambling ramparts, historic structures, colonial Dutch villas, and sweeping views of the turquoise ocean; enjoy a walking tour of the Galle Fort.
Distance From Hotel (51.5Km) One hour drive
Travel Back in Time as You Wander Around Galle Fort
Built originally by the Portuguese, the fort was fortified much later by the Dutch in 1640 before falling to the British in 1796. Although it has seen many changes and weathered many storms, the 400-year-old structure is one of the oldest living forts in the world.From boutiques that display local handicrafts to exciting museums, there are numerous places to visit in Galle Fort. Spend an afternoon discovering the fort’s hidden treasures.
Key Highlights
  • To appreciate the fort in all its glory, it’s best to go on a walking tour. We can arrange a local guide to accompany you and explain its history and secrets.
  • You’ll need a bottle of water to stay hydrated, and don’t forget your hat, and a pair of sunglasses.
  • Must-visit sites inside the fort include the Galle Lighthouse, Meeran Mosque, Groote Kerk, the Galle National Museum, and the National Maritime Museum.
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