Named a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Galle Fort was built by the Portuguese in the 16th century and was later fortified by the Dutch who then lost it to the British in 1796. However, it was the Dutch who made Galle Fort famous and while walking through the streets and alleyways throughout Galle Fort, one can quickly forget they are even in Sri Lanka.
After entering through the forts 400-year-old gate, visitors can easily see Galle Fort’s history and the imprint the invading colonies left behind. The Groote Kerk or Dutch Reformed Church, the National Maritime Museum, the Old Dutch Hospital and the All Saints Anglican Church, built in 1871, are just some of the sites to take in when visiting Galle Fort.
Take a break and enjoy one of Galle Forts culinary treats or sit back and take in the sites and sounds over a cup of coffee in one the many charming cafes. Whether it be something sweet or something healthy, there’s a place for everyone to eat a great meal. Just be sure to take a look around because nothing is worse than settling down for a meal, only to discover a much better option when you leave, just around the corner.
When visiting Galle Fort, be sure to leave some time for a leisurely evening stroll along the southern wall leading to an unforgettable sunset. Ideally, you should give yourself at least a full day and a little more cash in your wallet as prices can be higher when compared to other towns and cities around Sri Lanka.