Stretching for quite a distance, the iconic Galle Fort in Sri Lanka by the south-eastern coast is a place that one cannot overlook when it comes to exploring the island. This is one of the most unique attractions here and a place much loved by tourists and locals alike.
Galle was where the Portuguese ended up first in 1505 when they came across this beautiful island. The fort is said to have been initially built by them. However, later in the 17th century, the Dutch made significant improvements to make it what it is today.
The Galle Fort that was initially built by the Portuguese was one that was very basic and not all that strong. Once the Dutch came across it, they fortified the place with a thick rampart and more strongholds. The British were the last to make advancements to the fort adding even more bastions and building houses and a lighthouse as well.
The imprint of European forces
Even today, the mark of the European forces that invaded Sri Lanka is very visible and felt strongly at the fort. The gates of the fort still bear the crest of the United East India Company. The crest includes the rooster and lions on either side.
The city of Galle is quite easily navigable, and the fort is the first thing you see once you enter the city as well. It is not far from most hotels in Galle the likes of Fortress Resort and Spa. Heading over to the fort in the evening is the best choice of time.