It’s a world within a world, an experience like no other. The Portuguese built Galle Fort in 1588 before the Dutch extensively fortified the structure in the mid 1600’s. Galle Fort was declared a World Heritage Site in 1988 and is now recognised by UNESCO for its cultural heritage value.
What an incredible surprise and hidden treasure. Galle Fort reminds me of walking cobbled lanes in old European towns.
It has so much character and the place is becoming very popular with travellers from all over the world. With little restaurants scattered around the fort and gift shops, there is quite a bit to see and do. I wouldn’t recommend staying a week but 2 -3 days is enough to walk around and see the sites.
What is very exciting is the old homes being renovated and turned into designer villas: incredible buildings that in many cases date back to the 18th century. The villa, 39 Galle Fort, featured below is actually with the Ministry of Villas team stayed for 2 nights. It’s a fantastic villa right in the heart of the fort which is walking distance to the water and represents great value for money.