Galle, this is where people fall in love with this pretty town. There is a large number of Europeans now call Galle their home. This historic southern coastal town of Sri Lanka is home to the living Dutch Fort masterpiece which was founded by Portuguese in 1588 and later occupied by colonial Dutch settlers.
Galle Fort is an architectural wonder, as some of the buildings designed in the Dutch period are still living strong and some of them have now been converted into luxury hotels and guest houses.
It is a very interesting experience to wander in Galle Fort late afternoon until evening watching the sunset over Galle Fort’s ramparts and trying different foods from multitude of eateries from small cafes to fine dining restaurants.
The market outside of Galle Fort is one of the fascinating places to encounter a typical Sri Lankan market scene. Further down the road, fish vendors sell their catch right on the beach every day. The popular Unawatuna Beach, famous for live music, seafood restaurants on the beach and for snorkeling, is five minutes drive from Galle town.
This great old fort is not only filled with traditional Sri Lankan architecture but also has plenty of Dutch, Portuguese and British influences. The initial fortifications, which were built in the late 16th century, were quite basic. There are plenty of good souvenir shops and very nice architecture at Galle Fort.
Galle is home to some of the Island ‘s finest boutique hotels, inland villas, and beach villas. Galle is magical, mystical, beautiful and must go places when traveling to Sri Lanka.