This is a UNESCO world heritage site. The UNESCO writes that 'this is the best example of a fortified city built by' colonists in South and South-East Asia. This 500 year old magnificent fort was first founded by the Portuguese and later, 18th century, developed by the Dutch into a 130 acres fort.
Even though Portuguese landed at Galle in 1505 by an accident they tried to settle in Colombo because of its proximity to Kotte King. However, in 1588 they were attacked by the Sinhalese Sitawaka King, King Raja Singha I (1581–93). Portuguese then retreated to Galle and built the initially building with palm trees and mud. Royston Ellis says they called it the Santa Cruz. Portuguese later extended it with a watch tower and three bastions and a fortalice to guard the harbour. The Dutch, with the help of king Rajasinghe II and of a force of some 2,500 men under Koster, captured the fort from the Portuguese in 1640. The Brits took over the fort on 23 February 1796.
The UNESCO asserts that Galle Fort is a best example of fortified city built by Europeans in South and South-East Asia, showing the interaction between European architectural styles and South Asian traditions. This huge fort has now been redesigned as a civil city with shopping areas and sightseeing. Even world class boutique hotels are inside this fort.
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Terms and conditions
Booking : Book online, call us or drop us an email.
Price : The price may slightly go up or down at the time of booking.
Payment : Full payment is settled prior starting the tour/excursion.
Days of the tour or the hours of excursion : The tour or the excursion is completed within mentioned time.
Per hour vehicle detention fee : 3 USD - Tuk Tuk / 5 USD Standard car & van
Weather : If weather conditions are unfavourable activities will be adjusted accordingly.
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Refund : Refund will be determined after reducing third party's and our costs.
About this city tour
Best season : All year around
Available : Daily
Arranging time needed : 1 day
Hottest month :
Best time of the day to start : 8.00 AM - depends on you
Starting point : Tangalle or Bentota
Finishing time : 10 PM - depends on you
Whole excursion hrs : Max 8 - depends on you
Restrictions : Do not touch corals please. Be a responsible and ethical snorkeler and diver. No flash photography of ancient paintings. Cover your knees and shoulders before enter any temple. Do not leave plastics behind. Please do not feed wild animals.
Basic price includes : Selected transportation / 2-3 hours of pro guiding in the city / All Gov taxes.
Child price : Aged 6 - 12 is considered a child / Aged 0 - 6 is free of charge.
Feedback us : Our drivers and service providers are advised not to promote any other activities or nudge you for shopping. Please leave your feedback on Google.
Optional : A well-spoken local animal expert / historian could be arranged with an additional fee.
You may bring : Water / Hat and sun glass / Sun cream / Camera