New life has been breathed into the Galle Dutch Fort at present, and these winds of change always blew into the site since it was first constructed in the 16th century. Galle is located on the southwestern tip of Sri Lanka. It is a prominent town and has always been one from the time it was taken over by the Portuguese. Today, you have speedy access to the town through the Southern expressway. There are also countless places to rest your head. However, Saman Villas is highly recommended. Although, these amazing beach villas are located in Bentota, you are only 50 kilometers away from the Galle Dutch Fort. Things to do in Bentota should not be restricted to this specific town alone. Venture out and step into the romantic city of Galle.
The architecture in this 90 hectare heritage site is striking. It reflects the flamboyance of Sri Lanka’s past and the colonizers who made these unwelcome changes on the landscape. However, these shadows of the past are well-preserved for historical purposes. The Portuguese were the first to fashion this port in the 16th century. Enter, the Dutch in the 18th century and the Fort was beautified even further. The forward- thinking colonizers also ensured that an intricate sewage system was planned and constructed.
As ships sailed across the stormy seas between the East and Europe, the colonizers also had to ensure that their day to day activities and religious observances could be conducted with the least amount of interruption. The most interesting building in the Fort is the Dutch Reformed Church that exudes an air of class. It also serves as the resting grounds for the Dutch settlers of the past.
The former New Orient Hotel constructed in 1694 exclusively for Europeans is also architecturally and historically delightful. Today, it is an inclusive resort named Amangalla. Its ambiance is certainly welcoming with a touch of the past and the warm- heartedness of the present.
Believe it or not, the breadfruit tree was first introduced in Galle. The Dutch had a queer fascination with the fruit it bore. Among the locals the fruit grew in popularity and has been incorpo
rated into many Sri Lankan dishes. It is said that the oldest breadfruit tree could be found in the Galle Fort.
Such interesting facts would certainly make you want to visit the Galle Dutch Fort.
Thanuja Silva is a travel writer who writes under the pen name Auburn Silver. She has a passion for fashion and a deep interest in admiring new and exotic attractions around the world.