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Old Town of Galle and its Fortifications

Address: Galle, Sri Lanka
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Ranked #2 of 23 Attractions in Galle
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: City walk sightseeing, Shopping
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Type: Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: City walk sightseeing, Shopping

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

This is something that all visitors to the area should see, for its historical signficance if nothing else. Very interesting.

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Bishops Stortford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW

We went here as part of a tour with VTS Lanka Day Tours . Lovely historical town with Dutch Portugese and English influence. The fort area is beautiful and the sea views are stunning. Had lunch overlooking the fort and wandered around the town . Not to be missed on a tour of Sri Lanka.

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Stockholm
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW

The old town is very nice to walk around in especially along the ramparts where the views out to the see are wonderful. Lots of old buildings from the Dutch and British periods, a light-house and gun emplacements.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

Nice place to go for an afternoon. Great little cafes and really pretty walk along the fortifications. Very very touristy.

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

Arrived at Galle today, we are staying in Galle Fort. We wandered the streets here this afternoon and it is beautiful. It has a European or Mediterranean look about it. Be ready to take lots of photos.

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Charlottetown, PEI
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015 via mobile

Thoroughly enjoyed the sights of old galle. Lots of jewellery stores as well as restaurants and non-jewellery stores. Some street vendors but not enough to detract from a very pleasant experience.

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Sunderland, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

I liked the walk and the view of the town and the coast. I also enjoyed the exercise. I disliked - walking on very rough ground in places.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

Worth a visit, wander the streets, visit the street sellers and shops, walk around the fort walls and get a feel for the place. A few museums to take in set the scene. A little something for everyone!

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Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

The entrance to the fort city is through a tunnel with the emblem emblazoned on the front portion, where all tourist stop to capture the photo of the entry point. Inside the fortress one encounters an old world charm, with Government offices, restaurants, shops selling curious, and most importantly the rampart stretching along the coastline dipping below, starting from the... More 

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Orlando, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

A nice stroll with shops and restaurants. Plenty of people watching opportunity. Free of charge, that goes along with the fort and lighthouse visits. That's about all there is to do in Galle in the evening. If you're there, this is the thing to do in the evening.

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