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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  • We loved Galle, behind its walls you can enjoy fusion Sri Lanka - England, streets, Lighthouse, and restaurants are idyllic.
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  • Surrounds the old town, the entry vehicle point being a pinch point. It is not a big deal but beside the sea very pleasant. One day the town could be a true heritage hot spot but offers only average f...  more »
  • interesting to see shame about the rubbish. 300 year old churches and building which were nice to see heritage listed  more »
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  • The Galle Dutch fort is beautiful. Surrounded by the beautiful sea with clear waters. That I guess, is the main attraction. Avoid coming here during the afternoon, it gets impossibly hot and stuffy. There are lot of amazing places to eat food, grab a coffee/ beer at. Do try out the Lucky Fort Cafe. They serve amazing Curry rice with nice different vegetables which are all mouth watering!!
  • Galle dutch fort is a major icon of the Galle tourism.This was first made by Portuguese and then Developed by Dutch. This is the biggest Fort that made by Dutch in Asia. This is a paradise of tourism and you can watch beautiful sceneries. This is an awesome place to watch Sun rise and sun set feel the ocean wind. Have a night walk with your friends,family in old roads. Have wonderful dinner in candle light.
  • It gets super hot and humid pretty quickly nowadays (end of March). Go early, 6am or so if you can. A few friendly locals jogging around, the odd tourist here and there. Galle Fort was pretty empty! Loved the walk, but can imagine I would rate it 2 stars if I went any later, even in the evening as it would be packed with tourists.
  • I must admit this place had to grew on my a bit, at first I thought this was your standard fort/ruin with a few walls and stones and nothing more. But I was wrong it is quite the impressive structure and a whole lot bigger than it looks, pretty much covers the whole mini island. Very much worth it to take a walk across the wall and seeing the whole structure and fort area. Nice at sunset. Also when hearing how the fort protected the area from the tsunami I was even more impressed
  • A place I always wants to go. Love the look of old buildings. Nice to have a walk on the streets with a snack. Lot of good places to eat.
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