Located on the southwestern tip of the island, Galle Fort is an iconic historical landmark in Sri Lanka which offers visitors a glimpse of the old-world charm of a bygone era.
Built by the Portuguese in the 16th century and later claimed as a Dutch stronghold in the 17th century, the Galle Fort boasts of Dutch colonised houses featuring trademark gables and verandahs. It’s an acclaimed living UNESCO Heritage Site and the largest fortress in Asia built by European occupiers.
Saunter around, taking in heritage sites which lay claim to an illustrious history; these include the Old Gate featuring the British Coat of Arms, the Old Dutch Hospital and the ramparts which offer beautiful views of the ocean. Staying in a hotel near Galle Fort offers one easy access to explore this site, where there is something to discover each time you visit. The fort is also home to delightful concept stores featuring modern art, stylish clothing, and antiques along with a plethora of chic restaurants and cafes.