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Galle

The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate. Most of the impressive colonial buildings here, including the UNESCO-protected fort, were built by the Dutch, with the British leaving the fortifications intact when they took over in 1796. As a result, Asia's largest colonial-built fort has protected a wealth of interesting architecture, now housing galleries, cafes, and shops, or fulfilling their initial intended purpose as law courts and administrative buildings. Nearby beach towns provide an altogether different taste of life in the south of the country, and represent popular places to visit when on holiday in Galle. To arrange what you want to do in Galle, use our Sri Lanka driving holiday planner .
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Where to stay in Galle

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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