Galle Fort with a Local

Delve into colonial-era Galle Fort on this private walking tour. Explore the cobbled streets of the 16th-century, UNESCO-protected fort, built by the Portuguese before expansion by the Dutch and British from the 1600s. As your guide charts its history and culture, admire the Dutch-style architecture and former government buildings, walk along the ramparts, visit key museums, and view the famous Galle Lighthouse.

  • Explore what was once the largest living seaport in Asia
  • Walk the grass clad ramparts that tell tales of a colonial past
  • Learn the rich history of the fort that has withstood the test of time
  • Hear and see the fort through the eyes of a local resident

The Portuguese, Dutch, and British occupied the Galle Fort at various points during Sri Lanka’s colonial history, and they have each left a unique imprint on its fabric.

Explore this UNESCO World Heritage Site with your host who has extensive knowledge about the history of the place and stories that would keep you enchanted. Brimming with history at every corner, your guide will begin this fascinating tour from the entrance of the Fort, decorated with the Coat of Arms of the Dutch East India Company. Survey the inside of this remarkable fortification, the Indian Ocean beyond and iconic cricket ground.

Find your way to the fort’s best-known landmarks and also some lesser-known gems. With 150 acres to explore, this tour follows a route that whets the appetite, with a comprehensive and captivating selection of facts and stories drawing from religion, history, architecture, daily life and the devastation of the 2004 Tsunami.

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