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Galle Dutch Fort, in the Bay of Galle on the southwest coast of Sri Lanka, was built first in 1588 by the Portuguese, then extensively fortified by the Dutch during the 17th century from 1649 onwards. It is a historical, archaeological and architectural heritage monument, which even after more th...

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4 weeks ago
Enter the old fortress built out of breathing corals as the main black tunnel gate by the cricket grounds opens up into a gash of bellowing air, with distended creepers riding pillion on giant Banyan trees hobnobbing with an ancient merchant caste. A strange choreography can always be detected here, with the musical call to prayer emanating from the mosque or the temple’s sound system merging with the toots of ice cream vendors’ bicycle horns and other hot and spicy snacks and pickle vendors plying the sonorities of their trade as the Indian Ocean thunders and whooshes by, barfing on the black rocks its named after.
- Kasun K
3 weeks ago
Nice spot to take a stroll through the area and see the crystal clear water. The lighthouse and fort is a quite unique area and there’s lots to do or even just stroll around past the many shops. From jewelry shops, to museums, to restaurants.
- Victor W
a week ago
The most precious tourist attraction in the area. I must add that this is the most romantic place that I have visited in the country. It feels like another country within the city of Galle. It will take almost a whole day to cover this place on foot, but it is worth the effort. The place becomes more elegant at night with all the lights and decorations arranged by the shops.
- Dilupa H

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