Galle Fort, Sri Lanka, travel guide and things to do: The three-minute guide; Anthony Dennis; Traveller

Sri Lanka – Old Town of Galle and its Fortifications

It may a faded gem, but Galle Fort is a gem nonetheless.


Sri Lanka looms as the new alternative to Bali, sans the over-development and the undesirables, with the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Galle Fort already one of the island nation’s genuine, if faded, gems. Dating to the early 16th century when the Portuguese established the first fort here, the historically rich Galle Fort is also the place to experience the stylish side of modern-day Sri Lanka with its array of attractive boutique lodgings, fashionable restaurants and stylish bars, and a host of enticing shops.


Take a stroll along Church Street, more or less Galle Fort’s main thoroughfare, for a sense of Galle Fort’s extraordinary 400 years of history spanning British, Dutch and Portuguese colonialism.

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