Complete Guide To Galle Fort

A Complete Guide To Galle Fort

While the Portugese built the Galle Fort in 1588, it was the Dutch that fortified the structure in the mid 1600’s along Sri Lanka’s southern coast. Declared as a UNESCO approved World Heritage site, the Fort stands tall today and its architecture and buildings inside are still preserved. From exploring historical sites, enjoying the sunset from the ramparts, to dining or even shopping – the Fort is an amazing place to discover. For those renting out Luxury Villas In Sri Lanka the Fort offers the ideal excursion for a day out or for even those spending time at Luxury homes in Koggala. If you are setting out to discover the Fort then read our short guide on what you should see first.

Best Time to Visit

While Sri Lanka is a tropical country with sunny weather throughout the year it does have its fair share of occasional showers. The monsoon rains which nourish the soil in the country come in two spells. In order to avoid the rains and to make a more pleasant experience while staying at luxury villas in Sri Lanka, head out in February or April.  The weather during this season is perfect for exploring especially for those close by renting out Luxury Holiday Homes In Koggala.

Walk on The Ramparts at Galle Fort

The heart of the Galle city where the Fort is located is surrounded by huge thick and sturdy brick walls. While moss and nature have taken over these structures, it has not only survived the test of time but also the Asian Tsunami. This walled city at the heart of Galle town was fortified by the Dutch to keep intruders at bay. However, today, the ramparts offer the most scenic view of the sea and the Fort within. Make sure to give yourself enough time when visiting to explore these structures.

Gaze at the Dutch Architecture

The Galle Fort still retains the remains of the architectural structures once set up and run by the Dutch.  Some of these structures can be viewed at the Maritime Archeology Museum, the Groote Kerk and where the Amangalla hotel is now housed. All these structures you will find are reminiscent of that era. Even if you are not a history buff the small houses inside the Fort will definitely offer something refreshing to look at. The fort is a large expanse with cobblestones streets, museums and beautiful churches. The clock tower and Dutch church is a popular favorite among travellers, so make sure to check it out.