The Galle Fort happens to be an iconic attraction in Sri Lanka, reminiscent of the colonial past of the island. Read on to find out more!
The fort was first built by the Portuguese and later underwent intense reconstruction by the Dutch in the 17th century. The modifications, centuries later led it to be recognised as an important historic and archaeological monument. Its famous for illustrating the seamless blend of European and South Asian architecture ranging from the 16th to the 19th century. This Sri Lanka beachside destination also happens to be within easy reach of surrounding accommodation providers such as Cantaloupe Hotels.
The site is home to many chic restaurants, cafes and bistros serving a range of cuisines. Popular pitstops include Rocket Burger, Minute by Tuk Tuk and Pedlar’s Inn Café and Restaurant.
Love to shop? Then the fort is going to be the perfect place to get yourself some lovely handcrafted souvenirs, specialty furniture, and outfits by local designers. Do make sure to check out Barefoot, Exotic Roots and Orchid House while you’re there.
During your walks around the fort, make pit stops at the National Maritime Archaeological Museum, the Old Dutch Hospital, and the Dutch Church. Take the time out of your busy sight-seeing schedule to catch the sunset from atop the ramparts as well.
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