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Galle Fort

Located on the southern coast of Sri Lanka in the bay of Galle, the iconic Galle Fort was built in 1588 by the Portuguese colonisers.  During the mid-1600s, after defeating the Portugal rule in Ceylon, the Dutch colonisers obtained ownership of the fort and extensively fortified it. The city of Galle reached its pinnacle in economic development during this time and the Fort of Galle was a central point of security to protect the city from local and foreign attacks.

Galle Fort was declared a Word Heritage Site in 1988 by UNESCO for its cultural heritage and value, as the Fort reflects European architectural styles and South Asian traditions, making it a unique intercultural site.

The Galle Fort stands testament to the clear influence of the Dutch in Ceylon.  Evidence of this can be seen when casually strolling along the Fort or when walking with a tour guide on a guided walk.

This cultural ensemble is packed with a range of activities one could indulge in.  Shopping, dining at exquisite restaurants and cafes, pub crawling, enjoying idle bike rides and visiting historical monuments being a few among them.

Visit Galle, the cultural capital of the southern coast, and enjoy the charm of the exquisite Galle Fort.

Title image by: Jehan Gamalathge

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