Galle is a city full of colour and vibrance. The city itself is small but sprawls across the southern coast. Even smaller is the famous Fort De Galle; the best-preserved colonial fort in Sri Lanka.
The fort was constructed by the Dutch in 1663. Most of the original structures within the fort have been restored in a joint effort between the Dutch and Sri Lankan governments so it is like taking a trip back in time to Dutch colonial Ceylon.
A Diverse Community
There is a diverse community of artists, writers and photographers living here with about 400 of the houses being owned by foreigners. The fort contains churches, mosques and temples and has a community of various ethnicities and religions living in complete harmony with each other.
If you are coming to the fort from any of the Galle hotels, it wouldn’t take you longer than 30 minutes’ drive. Within the fort, it is recommended that you walk. The entire circumference can be made within a couple of hours and it’s the best way to find hidden shops and secret cafés.
Where to Stay
There are plenty of options of staying in Galle with many luxury resorts like The Fortress Resort & Spa which is a hotel with that rustic colonial feel and ambience.
Intrigued by history, art and food, Lavinia Woolf is a writer who is passionate about the extraordinary and writes of the exhilarating and enchanting. Google+