Visit the Dutch Fort at Galle
Unquestionably the cultural capital of the southern coast of Sri Lanka, Galle Fort is a World Heritage Site steeped in history dating back to the 16th century that is a must see when visiting the island.
The fort at Galle was first constructed by the Portuguese in 1588 and was then extensively fortified by the Dutch in the 17th century. Its colourful history portrays the major role Galle played in Sri Lanka’s past, being the main port on the island and as extension the main trading post for international merchants.
Today, Galle is the largest remaining fortress in the whole of Asia that was built by Europeans. Thanks to continuous reconstruction and restoration work by the Archaeological Department of Sri Lanka Galle Fort remains a magnificent example of European architecture fused with South Asian traditions and maintains its polished appearance.
Things to do at the Dutch Fort at Galle
When you visit the Dutch Fort at Galle you can enjoy a guided walk around the Fort and learn more about Galle and the European influence on the city. Alternatively, the area is a lovely place to take a gentle stroll along the character streets where you’ll unmistakably see first-hand the evidence of the Dutch touch.
Located in the oldest building constructed by the Dutch during the 17th century, the Galle National Museum showcases a wide selection of archaeological objects from Southern Sri Lanka. As you would expect, many objects from the Dutch and other European occupiers are included in the collection, particularly maritime objects and weapons.
Once you’ve visited the museum there is plenty to explore through the narrow streets, including boutique shops and plenty of cafes and restaurants where you can rest your feet for half an hour while enjoying refreshments on the beautiful southern coast of Sri Lanka.
Our Sri Lankan tours visiting Galle
The beautiful architecture and character streets makes Galle a great place to visit on a romantic getaway and is why we have included a trip to Galle and the Dutch Fort during our Sri Lankan Honeymoon Tour.