A Well-Deserved UNESCO World Heritage Site
Located on the bay of Galle in the southwest coast of the country, the Portuguese first built Galle Fort 1588, and later fortified by the Dutch. Its maintenance of over 429 years as well as its interaction of European architecture and South Asia traditions privileges this landmark as one of the eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Sri Lanka.
One-Day Itinerary in Galle Fort
Visitors can see the best of Galle Fort in a single day, or even just half a day, with its 3 kilometer circumference (less than 2 miles around).
Stroll through the colonial streets, take photos along the fort walls of the Lighthouse along the waters, shop for souvenirs of spices and handmade crafts, and learn about the history and culture of Sri Lanka at the National Museum of Galle.