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Old Town of Galle and its Fortifications

Galle, Sri Lanka
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Ranked #2 of 24 attractions in Galle
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Architectural Buildings, Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Activities: City walk sightseeing, Shopping
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Sopot, Poland
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66 reviews 66 reviews
7 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

Since my last time that place changed a lot. Now its much better. Lots of shops, galleries, restaurants there. Its really worth to stay there for two overnights and enjoying the local ambience there.

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Nis, Serbia
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63 reviews 63 reviews
53 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

The old town and fortifications are just perfect place for an evening stroll. quiet, relaxing, beautiful ... Great day trip from Hikkaduwa and around.

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Panadura, Sri Lanka
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84 reviews 84 reviews
46 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW via mobile

A must see if you visit Sri Lanka it is well preserved fort and a habitat inside with own character. There are number of well preserved Dutch era houses and bungalows.( some converted to private speciality hotels). In side. To explore the entire rampart you need whole day.it houses old kachcheri ( land registry) now converted into an up market... More

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Auckland, New Zealand
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Quiet, chic and stylish - shops, restaurants and hotels/guesthouses are all this, and more. The ramparts and surroundings are fascinating - cool breezes!

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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288 reviews 288 reviews
157 attraction reviews
292 helpful votes 292 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Unlike Galle new town, the old town has revived itself as an 'upmarket' location with Shops, restaurants and hotels priced to match! The 3 main road Lighthouse, Rampart and Church all have great must-see buildings and vistas. The fort walls keep back the ferocious ocean waves which are stunning too.Just be wary of locals selling 'old coins' - most are... More

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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25 reviews 25 reviews
5 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Lovely narrow and quiet streets to wander with little shops and cafes. Wide ramparts to stroll along watching the sunset. This is a world away from the chaos and frenzy of Galle beyond the fort entrance! Very welcome!

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Nottingham
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141 reviews 141 reviews
73 attraction reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

Makes sense to walk round early morning (6.30 to 7) before it gets hot but you also see so much beyond the tourist stuff. Dozens of very smart and cheerful children going to school, people sitting waiting to see lawyers around the square, weddings starting even at that time of day and if you go through the arch near the... More

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London
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

Watch what time you visit as we were leaving the same time the schools dismiss the children. It was utter gridlock and quite dangerous with mopeds, tuk tuks, minivans and taxis all competing for right of way. Nice walk along the walls but quite a lot of people either begging or selling trinkets.

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Melbourne, Australia
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45 reviews 45 reviews
8 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

What may have been the hottest day in history, we took the cheats way out and kept cool in the car, and drove around all the sites, stepping out to take some amazing photos of the fort & really experience what it would have been like. Coupled with the knowledge of the boxing day tsunami, its an overwhelming thought to... More

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Cape Town
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72 reviews 72 reviews
39 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

definitely a must visit!! A beautifully restored old town..unfortunately many of the buildings have been turned into expensive/trendy shops so not sure how long the old town ambiance will last.

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