Galle Fort
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Galle is located in the south of Sri Lanka. A journey to the past sees the remnants of a Dutch past at a World Heritage Site. Galle has been the emporium of foreign trade since the dawn of commerce. The Dutch Fort, which has been declared a World Heritage Site, surrounds the older part of the town and is situated on a headland of which three sides overlook the sea. The ramparts of the Fort are over 2.5 km in circumference and provide a pleasant and interesting walk. The historian Sir Emerson Tennant claimed that Galle was the ancient biblical city of Tarshish. This city is said to have traded with King Solomon, the Persians and the Egyptians. In 1505 a Portuguese fleet led by Lorenzo de Almeida heading for the Maldives drifted accidentally into Galle. On hearing a cock crowing (cock means ”Galo” in Portuguese), it is said that they gave the town its name. Another explanation for the name is from the Sinhala name for rock ‘Gala’, plenty of which are found in the harbour area.
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  • Myra Zeineddine
    Dubai, United Arab Emirates34 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice spot in SL
    Must visit spot in Sri Lanka. The vibe is very nice in the area and the restaurants and spots there are nicely done - touristic area in general. Nice walk in the afternoon after lunch. More reviews @myra.recommends
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 13 May 2023
  • James c
    Oklahoma City, Oklahoma186 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Historical and stunning trek
    This whole town is a must see in sri lanka. The trek goes around the outer walls on the top of the fort built by the Portuguese. The views of the ocean are stunning to look down upon with the rocks below. You should start at the clock tower, you will run across cannons, sentry tower lookouts(like in San juan puerto rico), you can see views of churches. Buddhist temples, a mosque, a light house,a large cricket stadium and views of the town with small lanes. I only spent the afternoon here but I recommend to stay a night here,so you can get a feel of the nightly atmosphere. There are also many jewelry shops here and pretty good quality ones.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 16 July 2023
  • Abhay
    Bengaluru, India151 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful
    The fort is beautiful and worth the visit. You can easily spend 3+ hours there with so many places to cover and take loads of amazing pics. There is even a small beach and even streets are worth exploring
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 20 August 2023
  • Bea
    Sydney, Australia1,757 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful views and a trip through history
    The fort is quite big so you can walk or our driver drove to drop us at different areas. A history lesson in colonisation from the Portuguese and the Dutch in Galle. Canons and lighthouses show the past with the ocean as a back drop. Gets quite hot so wear sun protection
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 24 August 2023
  • sjminns
    9 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great place to visit in Galle
    We enjoyed walking round the fort and taking in the sea views. Lots of historical sites and plenty of information. There's restaurants and shops in the fort grounds too. Nice atmosphere, watching people fly kites and play cricket. I only gave 4 stars as there was lots of rubbish around which is a shame for a historical place.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 25 August 2023
  • Adler Tours
    Rajkot, India473 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Ancient Gale Fort and Beach, Srilanka
    On Sunday, 9th July, 2023, we undertook a day excursion to Galle Fort from Colombo and it takes about 02 hrs (130kms aprox), one way. There is an Indian Restaurant with sea view across the road along the Beach side. We visited the Gale beach side and also Gale fort.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 6 September 2023
  • Peter M
    Melbourne, Australia1,301 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Galle Forte
    This Fort was first built in 1588 by the Portuguese and extensively fortified by the Dutch from 1649 onwards. It is like a walled city as have Gates to get in and out. It has many old buildings, including churches, hotel, museums, mosques, light house and clock tower. It is a UNESCO site and is a historical, and archaeological
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 8 September 2023
  • Explore Sri Lanka
    Galle, Sri Lanka100 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mind Relaxing Place
    Best location for relaxation and sunset viewing. There are a number of star rated hotels, villas, eateries, pubs and retail establishments there, particularly jewelry and gem stores. Parking slots and areas available during the day and at night.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 8 October 2023
  • HR
    New Delhi, India318 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Majestic seabound Fort
    A visit to the Galle fort is an absolute must do. The Dutch construction, the fort walls facing the waves is a sight that shouldn't be missed. The fort is sea bound on one side, making it a spectacular view, especially during sunset. Also, it is a unique fort where the part of the town (civilianw) lives within the fort. This makes it a home to numerous cafes and shops.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 31 October 2023
  • evdey0kum
    Samsun, Türkiye11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    unforgettable city
    This walled city hosts magnificent views. There are cafes, restaurants and hotels inside. There are scenic spots where the sunset looks incredible and will be engraved in memories. Inside you will find churches, mosques and temples that you can visit. There are also souvenir shops and art exhibitions, a city to fall in love with
    Written 19 November 2023
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Peter Daniliuc
Adelaide, Australia8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Galle is a wonderful place to spend 3-4 days. The Fort is well worth several short visits, especially late afternoon and sunset, rather than trying to cram everything into a single sweltering day. The Tuk Tuks in Galle are excellent - honest, very friendly and knowledgeable. Don't spend USD 100+ for day trips booked online, when you can do far better in your personal Tuk Tuk at less than a third of the cost. Our Tuk Tuk driver, Nalin (Whats App +94 77 835 9763) was amazing and one of the best we had in Sri Lanka. He took us to the local fish and vegetable markets, then an afternoon trip to Marissa beach with stops along the way. Nalin even helped us buy spices, at local prices, not the inflated tourist prices. We had lots of time to enjoy sunset cocktails, then a seafood dinner at one of the beach restaurants, before heading back to our hotel. This was definitely one of our best experiences in Sri Lanka.
Written 24 February 2024
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Lonely Laowai
37 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Place is worth a solid day, easily. Start by walking the premier, where you’ll see most of the major attractions. Then loop back into the middle where there are more shops, and gorgeous scenery during sunset. This is NOT a half day drip, and anyone who tells you otherwise had better be recommending bikes.
Written 20 February 2024
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TN007
Brisbane, Australia5,718 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
We only spent a short time here, wandering the fort boundary with a tour group, but could tell there was so much more here to see. You could easily spend a whole day here exploring all the old buildings and learning the history and importance of this place.
Written 17 February 2024
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anecessaryevil
Australia656 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Nice place to spend a few hours. We went late afternoon and was not crowded.Great place to see sunset and architecture of the 17th century to the 20th
Written 12 February 2024
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Gregcch
Balwyn North, Australia118 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
Full of tourists and tourist restaurants
I’ve been to many unesco sites and this was very disappointing
I should have spent the day at the e
Written 6 February 2024
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blaise c
Margao, India598 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
The fort is very nice to walk around and spend an afternoon, petty well maintained but crowded. To eat there are enough restaurants in the area. There is a lot of history attached to the area, quaint and well worth a visit
Written 5 February 2024
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CHD6265
Odiham, UK399 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
Guessing the Fort is the THE tourist attraction of Galle. And rightly so, as the main town is just the usual mix of shops selling tat interspersed with tuk tuk drivers hollering ’you you from’ every other step.

Back to the Fort. Nice eclectic mixx of shops, cafes and restaurants set into traditional building. All very pretty. What lets the whole Fort down is traffic and complete absence of pavements. Amazed that people are not being hit all the time. Not sure if the authorities have considered pedestrianising the place (or maybe part of it) x would certainly make it more attractive to visitors not to mention safer
Written 29 January 2024
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Humbolt
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
We offer a review of a new shop at 82/A Church Street - DP Ceylon Cinnamon, Galle Fort (Next door to Cafe ’82 at the southern Rampart end of Church Street). The young entrepreneurial owners are Dhammika and Shalika.

Sourced direct from the owner’s Cinnamon garden in Galle District, this shop offers superior quality Cinnamon quills and oils.

In their garden, they have only true Cinnamon bushes (Cinnamomum Verum, also known as Cinnamomum Zeylanicum) which is native to Sri Lanka. Environmentally friendly practices such as not using pesticides add value to their products.

Like many people in Western countries, we have been disillusioned by the poor quality quills offered in Australian shops as “Cinnamon” where a tiny quantity of true Cinnamon bark is wrapped in hard Cassia bark (also known as Chinese Cinnamon).

So, we were pleased that in this shop, we can in fact buy quills that are made entirely of true Cinnamon (no Cassia involved).

If you must have top quality true Cinnamon (to add spice to your trip to Sri Lanka) then this shop offers Alba grade Cinnamon (other lower grades are also available at a lower price).

Dhammika and Shalika are extremely busy with Cinnamon production as well as attending to their shop. Understandably, they are not in a position to offer you visits to their Cinnamon garden. But they would be ready to offer you insights on Ceylon Cinnamon and other spice products.

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Note: For this Review, to verify claims, Asoka was granted a visit to the Cinnamon Garden and production facilities. This enabled us to take several photos shown below.
Written 23 January 2024
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Anuradha
New Delhi, India327 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
Enjoyed every bit of this historic fort. Had planned half day, so reached there by 1:30 pm and it was scorching hot. Wanted to cover it walking but hired Tuk Tuk due to heat. The Tuk Tuk driver showed all the prominent points. After getting oriented we saw the fort at our own pace, like exploring the national museum, which was just a small one. Maritime Archeology Museum was very good but needs better maintenance, nowhere fans were working and it was not well lit.
The ambience of the Galle fort was amazing with a lot of tourist everywhere specially around evening time. The by lanes offered magical ambience with old world charm. The Fort has a lot to offer- historical buildings like Light house, museums, churches, mosque, Buddhist temple, medieval Dutch houses converted to hotels/ restaurants/ government offices. A lot of eateries and chic stores and boutiques looked amazing. Sunset looked beautiful from the fort wall.
Written 21 January 2024
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Ollossm
Brundall, UK1,030 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
A relatively tranquil place as the street widths limit traffic, mainly tuktuks and motorbikes.

So much to see here, from the ramparts to the lighthouse to the streets and to the old buildings. Many housing delightful, great value cafes and restaurants.

Explore the side streets.

Felt very safe here at all times.

It has a lot of history behind it and as such exudes charm, character and at times quaintness.

A perfectly perfect place to visit

Highly recommended
Written 16 January 2024
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