Galle Fort is one of the eight World Heritage Sites of Sri Lanka, it’s the best preserved fortified town from the Dutch colonial period in Asia. A first Galle Fort was originally built by the Portuguese in 1588, but it was the Dutch who enlarged and extensively fortified in the present dimensions in the second half of the 17th century. A guided walk or strolling around in the straight streets and on the ramparts are perfect ways to explore Galle Fort. Former stables are occupied by a colonial museums. Restaurants with a colonial ambiente can be found easily. Jewellery shops are abound in Galle, too. The luxurious Amangalla Hotel is at the site of the former gouvernor’s palace. Galle is the capital of Sri Lanka’s Southern Province and definitely a must-see for travellers who spend their holidays at the southwest coast of the beautiful island. The hinterland is the world’s largest are of cinnamon production.
Nuwan Chinthaka Gajanayaka