A truly marvellous place to visit and a rare historical, architectural and archaeological gem preserved within thick Dutch walls, the Galle Fort guards within it an extensive history of over 400 years. It is fair to say that Sri Lanka holidays would never be complete without a visit to this wonderful space and with this in mind, Walkers Tours offers comprehensive Sri Lanka tours to the historical Galle Fort which would allow the visitors to discover the place with ease. Built by the Portuguese in 1588 and fortified by the Dutch during the 17th century, the Galle Fort has indeed seen a lot, having even survived the Boxing Day tsunami in the year 2006. The straight and narrow roads inside the Fort has hardly changed at all over the years, still crisscrossing each other, forming squares inside the Fort like on a chess board. There are many monuments and historical buildings to explore within the Galle Fort. Some of them are the clock tower, the first Dutch Reformed church, the Lighthouse, the Buddhist Temple, the Anglican church and the Commander’s Residence. A walk through the Galle Fort is time travel at its best. 17th century beckons through the narrow streets mingled together with the ocean breeze. Known to be the best preserved fortified city in South Asia, the Galle Fort has been recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its inarguable historical significance and breathtaking design.
Jayani Senanayake is a writer who dabbles in travel and all things exotic. Under the pseudonym of Calliope Sage, she writes of the allures that must simply be discovered. Google+