A Well-Deserved UNESCO World Heritage Site

Located on the bay of Galle in the southwest coast of the country, the Portuguese first built Galle Fort 1588, and later fortified by the Dutch. Its maintenance of over 429 years as well as its interaction of European architecture and South Asia traditions privileges this landmark as one of the eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Sri Lanka.

Galle Fort along the Bay of Galle. Walking paths up along the fort walls allow visitors to explore the entire destination by foot. Bring a hat, umbrella, and sunscreen for a hot day under the Sri Lankan sun


One-Day Itinerary in Galle Fort

Visitors can see the best of Galle Fort in a single day, or even just half a day, with its 3 kilometer circumference (less than 2 miles around).

Stroll through the colonial streets, take photos along the fort walls of the Lighthouse along the waters, shop for souvenirs of spices and handmade crafts, and learn about the history and culture of Sri Lanka at the National Museum of Galle.

As you enter the fortified walls, you will pass through the main gates and the Clock Tower. Visitors can access Galle Fort via the local tuk tuks, bus tours, and private cars for hire. Read more about my recommendations for a private car here
The Lighthouse built by the British in 1848 is the country’s oldest light station. Today, it is operated and maintained by the Sri Lanka Ports Authority as ships and boats continue to enter the bay
Visitors to Galle Fort can enjoy a 3 kilometer walk up along the fort walls and capture some amazing photo opportunities along the water and of the Galle Fort. This UNESCO World Heritage site is a popular tourist destination for international and domestic travelers
The fort is lined with pleasant streets both wide and narrow allowing visitors to leisurely walk around this famous, historical landmark. Buildings of the past have been preserved and are now museums, hotels, and modern day businesses


Restaurants and Bars in Galle Fort

As a tourist destination, Galle Fort offers a range of restaurants, cafes, and bars to enjoy from breakfast to dinner to after dinner drinks. You can choose from hotel restaurants, little cafes along the narrow streets, or even at the Dutch Hospital near the Lighthouse.

The Dutch Hospital offers a range of restaurants, cafes, and bars for all-day dining. For a cold beer to cool off from the hot day, head to TapHouse by RnR for a cold Lion lager. For a meal with a view, go upstairs to A Minute by Tuk Tuk for a western and Sri Lankan cuisine and views of the Bay of Galle and the Indian Ocean


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