The splendid Galle Fort is always an engrossing place to visit. By strolling around this magnificent creation you will be able to gain an insight into the history and culture of the town, whilst appreciating the architectural prowess of the Dutch colonialists. As you experience the attractions of the area an appealing choice of accommodation would be a luxury villa Sri Lanka offers such as the well-reputed Galle Heritage Villa by Jetwing located within the fort area itself.
You can enter the Fort through the Main Gate which overlooks the Galle Cricket Stadium. This imposing gateway was in fact constructed by the British in the year 1873; they were also responsible for the construction of the handsome clock tower which stands over the Fort’s Moon Bastion. You will find that the walls of the Fort are very robust and sturdy, as they were designed by the Dutch to stand up to cannonball fire.
After you emerge from the Main Gate take the well-known Church Street which will take you to attractions such as the Galle National Museum and the building that was constructed as a residence for the Dutch Governor. Presently this imposing edifice is a popular hotel. Next you will encounter the majestic Groote Kerk, or Great Church, which has the distinction of being the earliest Protestant shrine to be found in the entirety of Sri Lanka.
Another fine place of worship in the locality is the All Saints Church, which dates from the British colonial period. As you continue your stroll you will encounter many colonial era buildings such as the Queen’s House and the Great Warehouse. When you reach Court Square you will see the Aker Sloot building, and nearby, the famous Dutch Hospital. Conclude your tour of the Galle Fort with a relaxed tea or coffee at one of the numerous cafes to be found at the Fort.
Roland Lefevre is a travel writer who specializes in creating features on leisure as well as business travel destinations across the globe. Google+