Planning on travelling to the famous city of Galle in Sri Lanka? If so, you ought to know about the most iconic attraction here which is the Dutch Galle Fort. Here are a few details about the monument loved by locals and tourists alike.
A bit of early history
Though the fort is now called the “Dutch” Galle Fort, it was initially built by the Portuguese who arrived on the island in 1505 in Galle. The Portuguese first built the fort out of mud and palm trees with 3 bastions.
The Dutch Takeover
Once the Dutch took over the fort, they realised that it lacked strength and set out to reinforce it. The towering thick walls that surround the area of 130 acres were rebuilt with granite and coral.
The British amendments
When the fort fell under British control in 1796, they further changed a few things in the structure. The moat was sealed up and a lighthouse was constructed.
The Fort Today
Today, Galle Fort is bustling night and day with locals and tourists alike. You’ll find people clicking away at their phone cameras or walking on the ramparts. Grabbing a bite to eat here is easy with a choice of restaurants within the fort. Since this attraction is not far from accommodation options like Kahanda Kanda which is a boutique hotel in Sri Lanka, don’t forget to head over.