The city of Galle is situated 119 km from Colombo, toward the southern tip of Sri Lanka. When travelling down south, the looming Dutch fort, bevy of colonial buildings and salty are all signs of your arrival in this beautiful city. Year round sunshine makes Galle a must-see on any Sri Lankan travel itinerary.
The southern coast of Sri Lanka is immensely popular with tourists for the scenic beaches and idyllic “island life” that they showcase. Tangalle, is located just over an hour from Galle and is dotted with amazing resorts. If you are looking for great service and superb accommodation, consider staying at the Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort. Staying at a Tangalle resort, lets you experience relaxing beach life while being placed close to attractions such as Galle. A day trip to the latter will add spice to your holiday.
Galle became an important port during the 16th century with the arrival of the Portuguese. Evidence of this fortified city lies in well preserved ruins and buildings that are still in use today.
The city’s beautiful beaches and Dutch heritage entwine to give you and your family an amazing experience. The most prominent highlight of Galle is the ancient Fort. A world heritage site and the last of its kind in Asia, the Dutch Fort spans over 36 hectares. It was built in 1658 and fortified from 1649. Its architecture, boutique shops and restaurants make it the top attraction in Galle. The original entrance to the Fort bears the insignia of the Dutch East Indies Company, VOC.
Flag rock, a former Portuguese bastion, is a popular highlight by the beach to catch a picture-perfect sunset. The Dutch reformed church, built in 1640, is one of the oldest churches in the region and is adorned with intricate carvings of the early Dutch settlers.
The Dutch Hospital precinct located within the Fort premises contains many boutique shops and eateries which are ideal to relax and kick back or grab a scrumptious meal. The historical mansion and museum too are must-sees.
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