Galle is the capital city of the Southern Province of Sri Lanka. The town has a World Heritage Site to its name and that is predominantly responsible for its popularity with tourists.
A key part of the Fort’s appeal is that it isn’t just a pretty place. Galle is a jewel. A Unesco World Heritage Site, this historic city is a delight to explore on foot, an endlessly exotic old trading port blessed with imposing Dutch-colonial buildings, ancient mosques and churches, grand mansions and museums.
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Things to explore in Galle:
- Main gate
The first thing that will be ticked off your list of things to do in Galle Fort will be seeing this gate. You will no doubt enter through here to reach the fort area.
- Fort walls
The natural place to start is on the fort walls. Galle Fort is surrounded by sea on three sides with walls around the whole length. You can walk about 3/4 of the way round on top of these walls and it makes for a great experience.
- Flag rock
Another of the main places to visit in Galle is this rock at the southern end of the fort walls. It is reputed to be the best place to see the sunset.
Point Utrecht Bastion
Another of the popular places to see in Galle is this bastion at the south east corner of the walls. It comes complete with an 18 metre high lighthouse which is still in use.
Dutch Reformed Church
For a different Galle tourist attraction, this pretty church was originally built in 1640 then was rebuilt in the 1750s. Its floor is actually paved with old gravestones from the Dutch cemetery with remains in the walls and floor. It has an organ from 1760.
This attraction in Galle is packed full of the freshest produce so a great place to come if you have a craving for some fresh fruit or want to experience some hustle and bustle and the colours of a 300 year old market
- Pedlar and parawa streets and food huts
These streets and the surrounding area are beautiful, quiet places to wander. They also are home to typical old Dutch colonial houses. And also the restaurants and food huts in the fort city are amazing, they have unique kind of things to experience and enjoy!