The ancient Galle Dutch Fort is a treasured UNESCO World Heritage Site for a marvellous reason. Walking through the huge archway entrances of the fort one is transported to a bygone era of cobblestone streets, colonial type bungalows and huge ramparts offering expansive views across the Galle Harbour.
Stroll Around the Fort
The cobbled stone streets are lined with fully restored Dutch colonial buildings. The place is pedestrian friendly and offers one sunny skies under which to enjoy a leisurely walk. Stop at the marine museum, lookout for the Old Dutch Keys, admire the historical buildings and enjoy sipping a cup of tea at one of the cafes lining the narrow streets. It’s all a pleasure to be relished with a slow paced stroll across a piece of history.
Walks along the Fabulous Galle Ramparts
Exhilarating and totally invigorating the Galle Ramparts which surround the fort on three sides are quite a catch for enjoying a chilled out walk. The bastions home to ancient sentry posts is reminiscent of the forts grandeur; once guarded with a 109 cannons. Check out the lighthouse, eerie dungeons and historical clock tower.
The Galle National Museum – The Oldest Building within the Fort
Walk over to the Galle National Museum and you will love the Dutch bungalow the place is housed at. Resplendent with long spacious verandas typical of Dutch architecture the place is reminiscent of spacious and luxurious boutique hotels in Galle the museum located close to Mosvold Villas is a treat to explore. Indulge the culture buff in you as you explore exhibits dedicated to the Zheng He Chinese explorer; together with scale models of the ships and period furniture, weapons, coins, vessels and much more. The museum is located on Church Street; within the fort and is open from 9 am to 5 pm.
Roland Lefevre is a travel writer who specializes in creating features on leisure as well as business travel destinations across the globe. Google+