Exploring the beauty of Galle – Plan your trip

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Located on the southern coast of Sri Lanka; Galle is a heritage city and is a popular destination amongst travellers, mainly because of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Old Dutch Fort.

Galle Fort | Image Credit: <a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:James_Mason-Hudson">James Mason-Hudson</a>, <a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Galle_Fort,_SL.JPG">Galle Fort, SL</a>, <a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/legalcode" rel="license">CC BY-SA 4.0</a>
Galle Fort | Image Credit: James Mason-Hudson, Galle Fort, SL, CC BY-SA 4.0

Dutch Fort

Taking pride of place at Galle is the splendid Old Dutch Fort which even today catches the eye of the visitor presenting an imposing sight. Even in the present day, this formidable construction is regarded as being Galle’s showpiece, a magnificent fortification that always impresses the observer. The Fort was constructed by Dutch colonialists in the 17th century in order to protect the very profitable trade in spices that they conducted.

Dutch Reformed Church

No sightseeing tour of the attractions of Galle would be complete without visiting the splendid Dutch Reformed Church, also known as the Groote Kerk. This distinctive place of worship has the distinction of being one of the earliest Protestant shrines still to be functioning in the island nation of Sri Lanka.


When you arrive at this museum you will be struck by its distinctive design, with a multi-collonaded veranda that will capture the eye of the visitor. The design of this noteworthy building may be considered to be representative of the Dutch architecture of the colonial period. This building at one time functioned as the barracks of the lower ranking officials working for the Dutch East India Company. It is considered to be amongst the oldest structures surviving from the Dutch era.


Many a hotel in Galle can be booked and if you want amazing views you can always stay at a hotel like Tamarind Hill.

Auburn Silver is a travel writer who has a passion for fashion and a deep interest in admiring new and exotic attractions around the world. Google+

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