Galle Fort

Galle Fort

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.

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