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Old Town of Galle and its Fortifications

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Address: , Galle, Sri Lanka
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Activities: City walk sightseeing, Shopping

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so good I went twice

Great town, so good I went twice! Make sure to see all the fortifications and explore all the small streets to get the most out of the town. The dutch hospital is a good place to... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 28, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Great town, so good I went twice! Make sure to see all the fortifications and explore all the small streets to get the most out of the town. The dutch hospital is a good place to relax at the end of the day too.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Butiful and clean place, view to the ocean and to Galle city. Looks like europe a bit but no explanations about the place and the ruins. Here is very exensive food and shops. For buget travelling go to the city for shopping and food.

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Travelling for a year
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW via mobile

This is the same as the Old Fort and so my review is the same: Seeing current life within the fort walls, mixed with the old buildings and history was really good. We saw a man on a bicycle selling fish to a lady. He weighed the fish on old fashioned scales and then cut up the fish in the... More 

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Rydalmere, New South Wales, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

We did the old town by tuk tuk. It is a beautiful little city and has an amazing history. Lighthouse, church, streets and the wall, all recommended!

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Sri Lanka
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

this is one of the well preserved old city's in the earth ,its well organize city fom 15 C AD up to now

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

Beautiful town. The city inside the walls is very evocative. Outside it is very chaotic but fun and colorful.

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Dubai
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

Spent half a day in the old town with the fortified walls and really enjoyed the visit. Walked along the rampants and had an ice cream. Watched the sea crashing on the rocks and explored the paved roads. Very interesting and full of history.

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Aylesford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

Travelled from Bentona to Galle by Denis Tours, a tuk tuk from outside theTaj. Had great fun. He draped us in Galle and we watched some cricket, India vas Sri Lanka. The fort is a wall that has survived time but it surrounds old Galle with rows of small streets with all types of shops. It's like going back to... More 

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Vitznau, Luzern, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

Excellent old fort which still has most of the original walls intact. there are so many museums to visit and places to eat. It is a place that is very difficult to leave

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

Great place to spend a day, wandering around the wall, enjoying the atmosphere, catching a bite in one of the many cafes or restaurants. Be wary of touts, but I'm sure your capable. No real problem at all.

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