Galle offers a unique historical and cultural perspective into the development of Sri Lanka during its colonial era. This natural harbor boasts a gorgeous landscape with gentle sea breezes. Galle became an important trading port on the Spice Route, and even King Solomon is rumored to have shopped here for spice, gems and tropical wildlife! The city’s main feature is the foreboding historic Galle Fort, which was built during Dutch rule and towers over the Indian Ocean with its architectural marvels and administrative buildings within. Today, it is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Outside of the fort, you can experience a heady miscellany of vibrant markets, exotic cuisine, boutique shops and cultural experiences that will invoke your senses. If you are an art lover, this is your little piece of paradise!
Wine & Food
Portuguese and Dutch Heritage
Recommended Sri Lanka Tours
Places: Negombo (1 day) → Sigiriya (2) → Kandy (2) → Galle Fort (1) → Colombo (1) → Male (4)
Tour Highlights: Beach, Relaxation, Buzzing Bars, Al Fresco Dining, UNESCO World Heritage Site, Rock Fortress, Rock Paintings...
The Fort Printers, an 18th century mansion which has been painstakingly restored with all its teakwood doors, windows and floors into a fully serviced luxury villa, comprises of 5 opulent suites offering understated elegance and personal service in an intimate, friendly atmosphere.
Taru Villas – Lighthouse Street, situated near the iconic Galle Fort, offers old colonial comfort. The erstwhile home of a Dutch merchant family and built in late Victorian style, this heritage hotel dates back to the 19th century.
Enjoy an experience of some amazing architectural highlights of one of Sri Lanka’s highly celebrated architects
City Highlights of Galle Fort
Visit the historic port city of Galle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site – relive the past in this 16th cent. port city with its colossal Dutch Fortress and living heritage site. Admire coastal beds of pure blue ocean and coral reefs; enjoy legends and archaeological artifacts; buy some famous hand-made lace.