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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  • Although this part of Galles is overrun with (day) tourists-know already why. Seriously: worth it.
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  • The sheer magnitude of this fortress is the impoznatna and what time you plan to travel around during the day, bring a hat and sunscreen. There are several good spots for memorable photos, images of the sea and pozdaini are changing all the time. On one of the towers where people most often photographed in a podadini kind of ukraštaju shock waves from two directions, so say if someone Delta waves at a right angle. A remarkable sight.
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  • The Fort has still a taste of ancient Dutch history. Old historical former dutch houses and churches. A lot of nice shops and restaurants, and offcourse a nice view over the ocean from the lighthouse  more »
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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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