Galle Fort, Galle

Visit the World Heritage Site of Galle Fort, a historic 16th-century fortress noted for its well preserved walls and Dutch colonial architecture. Jutting out into the sea on the Bay of Galle, the fort was built in 1588 by Portuguese settlers, while the Dutch solidified it and populated its walls from the early 17th century until the British took over. Take a stroll along the narrow streets and alleys of the fortified city, admire the typical Dutch-style buildings, or take a guided tour to learn more about its history. Today, a museum, as well as many charming shops and cafes, can be found in the fort's interior. Use our Galle trip planner to add Galle Fort and other attractions to your Galle vacation plans.
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  • A wonderful historical place to spend your evenings. The sunset view is extraordinary with the relaxing sea breeze.  more »
  • Superb place to enjoy the sunset. Relaxing place for a stroll. Best time to visit in the evening or morning. The hotels inside the Galle fort are a bit expensive  more »
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