Galle Fort

Overview

Galle Fort, located a short 1.5-hour drive from the capital Colombo, is a favourite of ours for its colourful history, beautiful jewelery shops, and gorgeous sunsets over the Fort walls.

Located in the Bay of Galle on Sri Lanka’s southwest coast, Galle Fort was first built in 1588 by the Portuguese, then fortified by the Dutch during the 17th century. It’s now UNESCO Protected, and one of the country’s most well-loved sites.

One of the best things to do at the fort is to perch atop the walls with hundreds of other people and watch the beautiful sunsets. The for is also home to a number of beautiful luxury hotels and villas including the charming Amangalla and the Galle Fort Hotel. Dining options abound in the fort, as does jewellery, homeware, and clothes shopping. Stock up on Sri Lankan art and books at any of the little galleries that are scattered throughout the fort.

Galle Fort Itineraries

Galle Fort Properties

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20 Middle Street

Galle Fort, Sri Lanka

Right in the centre of Galle, 20 Middle Street is an exquisite and luxurious private oasis amidst the town's gentle buzz. Adamant that the charm of the original Dutch house should prevail…

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41 Lighthouse Street

Galle Fort, Sri Lanka

Designed by a leading Sri Lankan architect and interior designer, this stunning villa is just a stone's throw from the Fort's cafes, boutiques and art galleries. Cricket lovers will be delig…

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Ambassador’s House

Galle Fort, Sri Lanka

Situated within the walls of Galle’s historic 17th century fort, the Ambassador’s House is a magnificently proportioned five-bedroom property ideal for families and groups of friends. …

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Galle Fort Hotel

Galle Fort, Sri Lanka

One of the finest boutique hotels in Sri Lanka, with superb Asian-fusion cuisine and service as polished as it comes.  The perfect base for beaches, temples, tea plantations and turtles. …

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The Fort Bazaar

Galle Fort, Sri Lanka

The Fort Bazaar is a fresh and contemporary 18-room hotel located in the heart of Galle Fort, a 17th century UNESCO World Heritage Site on Sri Lanka’s southern coast. The boutique accommod…

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