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Galle Fort, Galle

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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. Plan to visit Galle Fort and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Galle attractions using our Galle vacation trip planner.
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  • It's a collection of fortified walls from when the Dutch occupied galle. Great for walking around, taking pictures from the top of the walls where you get great views of the rest of bustling galle etc...  more »
  • We weren't suppposed to stay here actually. We are seasoned travelers, and I know very well of these type of tourist traps. Our actual accommodation was supposed to be elsewhere, but a drama unfolded ...  more »
  • As a historical point this place is good for a few hours have a look around take some photos. The fort covers quite a large area and contained within the walls are the old buildings which have now bee...  more »
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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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