Label : Must Visit
Tags : Forts & Palaces
Time Required : 3-4 hours
Entry Fee : Free
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The Galle Fort is a well-preserved historical fortress and the main part of Galle. It is a UNESCO World Heritage site characterized by narrow cobblestone streets, historic buildings, and a fortress wall that offers panoramic views of the Indian Ocean. Visitors can explore the Dutch Reformed Church, the Old Dutch Hospital (now a shopping and dining complex), and various colonial-era houses and mansions inside the fort.
The fort has a rich history, initially built by the Portuguese in the late 16th century and later fortified by the Dutch in the 17th century during their colonial rule. Galle Fort features a unique blend of European and South Asian architectural styles. The well-preserved structures include Dutch colonial buildings, Portuguese-era churches, British-era monuments, and elements of Sinhalese architecture. The narrow cobblestone streets of Galle Fort create a charming and atmospheric setting. Walking through these streets allows visitors to absorb the historical ambiance, explore art galleries, boutiques, and cafes, and witness daily life within the fort. Galle Fort is not just a historical site but a living community where people reside, work, and continue to contribute to the fort's cultural heritage. The fort's unique character has made it a popular destination for both tourists and locals.
Must Know : Galle Fort can only be entered from the main gate side
Visit Galle Fort in the morning to avoid busy streets
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