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Galle Fort: a journey to the past... See the remnants of a Dutch past at a World Heritage Site. Galle has been the emporium of foreign trade since the dawn of commerce. The Dutch Fort, which has been declared a World Heritage Site, surrounds the older part of the town and is situated on a headland of which three sides overlook the sea. The ramparts of the Fort are over 2.5 Km in circumference and provide a pleasant and interesting walk. The historian Sir Emerson Tennant claimed that Galle was the ancient biblical city of Tarshish. This city is said to have traded with King Solomon, the Persians and the Egyptians. In 1505 a Portuguese fleet led by Lorenzo de Almeida heading for the Maldives drifted accidentally into Galle. It is said that on hearing a cock crowing (cock means "Galo" in Portuguese) they gave the town its name. Another explanation for the name is from the Sinhala name for rock 'Gala', plenty of which are found in the harbour area. When the Portuguese arrived the town was already a thriving trader's port and an entrenched settlement in the lowland territory of the Kandyan Kings. It was however not until 1587 when the Portuguese were able to control Galle. The Dutch then arrived, overthrew the Portuguese and took control of Sri Lanka in 1640. It was the Dutch who had a major impact on Galle and the town still retains its characteristic Dutch architecture, the streets differing little from the times of Dutch occupation. There is Leyn Baan Street (Lijnbaan meaning rope walk in Dutch), Lighthouse Street previously known as Zeeburg Street) and Great and Small Streets Modderbaai meaning mud bay). The Galle Fort built by the Dutch in 1663 was handed over to the British in 1796 'in a state of complete repair' as certified by the officer taking charge. The British did not alter Galle as they concentrated their efforts on Colombo. Therefore the Fort remains a significant monument from the Dutch era.
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Reviewed 9 May 2016

we saw the clock tower, light tower, along the sea,dutch church, museum, many streets and shops, also have BOC inside

Thank yllsznthello
Reviewed 8 May 2016 via mobile

Galle fort enclosed a community of shops n magistrates courts. Architecture harkened of the colonial Dutch times. Clean narrow streets took one on a gander of Old Galle. The sea walls were built long ago and didn't quite fulfil their purpose to fend off the...More

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Reviewed 8 May 2016 via mobile

Galle fort is great, we really enjoyed our stay of 3 nights. A lot of people only come to Galle for a day trip and whilst this does allow you time, it does get very hot in the fort during the day, so for us,...More

Thank MerryMegsy
Reviewed 7 May 2016 via mobile

This is the most important place in galle ,and anyone who visit the galle surely go to see these historical place.

Thank Yasiru P
Reviewed 5 May 2016 via mobile

Take the time to walk over the rampart of the fort and enjoy the view. Even better if you can have a guided tour. You can also the first church established by the Dutch.

Thank Stephane L
Reviewed 4 May 2016 via mobile

What an historic place with wonderful history and character. Great hotels and restaurants. Many stores to buy local produce and products. A mus visit

Thank glenn h
Reviewed 2 May 2016

Dutch architecture with the best old building structures.Loved the medival looking streets where you feel like you are walking in a medival European street... Quite and relaxing. Well maitained streets and buildings makes the location better. Better to read a bit about the fort or...More

Thank Tropical15041982
Reviewed 27 April 2016 via mobile

Great spot to spend a day or two wondering the cute streets. Some of the buildings have been restored while others still hold a lot of their original charm. There are a couple small beaches around the wall to jump in and cool off. Our...More

Thank Marra_Hensby
Reviewed 26 April 2016 via mobile

We started our Tour to get to the Fort around 9am... But still we were too late! There weren't many people, but it was already way too Hot! There are almost no shades so we took some pictures and left again. But it is a...More

Thank Sarah V
Reviewed 25 April 2016

Ok, so Galle Fort is pretty, especially when there is no-one around, like when we went. However, everything there is really expensive!! People are not as friendly as other parts of Sri Lanka. Honestly, if I had known I would not have spent 1 day...More

Thank MarieAdele G
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Response from Moksha P | Reviewed this property |
hi there so many. good restaurants on the peddlers street if you walk all of them are roadside restaurants which serves good food but if you want sea food peddlers in cafe is good