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Galle Fort Walks

#6 of 215 Tours in Galle
Galle, Sri Lanka
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About Galle Fort Walks
The Galle Fort is a visual metaphor for Sri Lankan history. Ancient Sri Lankan culture collides with colonial architecture in ways that can only be described as mystical. It is why this UNESCO World Heritage Site is a favourite among tourists coming to Sri Lanka, today and in days past. This magic and mystery is what Galle means to me. I am Shanjei, a former advertising executive from Colombo. A year ago, I quit my job because a)I was intrigued by this magic and mystery Galle Fort had to offer, and b)because I didn’t want to be confined to the concrete jungle of Colombo. Being the kind of inquisitive person that I am, I chased this mystique obsessively – so much so that I decided to become a Tour Guide to the fort for people like you. Yes, you. If you like your tours to be interactive, fun and decidedly less history and more story then I am the person you are looking for. Want to learn more about the little nooks and crannies that make Galle Fort less a fort and more a home for its many residents? What about the many cultures that mingle seamlessly within the fort’s confines? Its people? Then get in touch. Let me help you decode the magic and the mystery of Galle Fort.
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Overview
Visit Galle which is the capital city of the Southern Province of Sri Lanka. The town has a World Heritage Site to its name and that is predominantly responsible for its popularity with tourists. This is the 300-year-old Dutch Fort, but there are other historical buildings to view as well. Bentota is a small town situated on coastal areas in Sri Lanka. Positioned 65 kilometers south of Colombo the capital, in the Bentota region of the Southern Province. It is quite famous for its breathtaking view, and especially the Bentota Beach.
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Pulakshi wrote a review Apr 2022
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A walk on the Galle Fort with Shanjei is definitely not something you want to miss if you are ever in Galle. The magic of this historic stronghold is magnified by this black bearded charmer and the experience he offers. What is most special about it is that he takes his time to get to know your interests so that he's able to give you an experience that is tailored for you - making you feel like a part of the tour and the place rather than following someone around who's spewing out historic data and dates.
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Date of experience: February 2022
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Responded 2 days ago
Thanks Pulakshi. Glad you had a great time and see again in Galle soon.
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Roderick wrote a review Apr 2022
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Shanjei is very knowledgeable and he tailors the experience to your interests. It is so much fun to walk around with him and listen to everything that he has to say. And if you're lucky he'll take you to a local bar for some beers afterwards! Go and check it out, we had a blast!
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Date of experience: April 2022
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Response from Shanjei, Owner at Galle Fort Walks
Responded 2 days ago
My Machangalang, Thank you so much for the review. With you and me around any place can turn into a blast! Hold on, I should be careful saying things like that with this beard of mine ..... lol. I know I will see you in the Island again. Thanks again bro.
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Katharina Labak wrote a review Feb 2022
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this guy is the highlight of your Sri Lanka Trip. Sunch a funny, pure and intelligent person. We saw alot of Galle and learned interesting thing about the history. Don’t thinkt twice and book him! Greetings Kathi& Nadine
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Date of experience: February 2022
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Response from Shanjei, Owner at Galle Fort Walks
Responded 2 days ago
Thanks Kathi and Nadine, too bad I couldn't catch you guys in Austria. I was able to look over into Austria when I was at the Vineyards of Kutna Hora in Czech. Next time, or may be I will see you guys here before. You are always welcome in my Island.
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tom wrote a review Feb 2022
San Francisco, California4 contributions
Shanjei was one of a kind! Could speak highly enough about his knowledge of the fort and the Sri Lankan people. Definitely recommend if you’re in galle, we even grabbed a beer with him after!
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Date of experience: February 2022
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Responded 2 days ago
In try to be one of a kind, glad you saw that in me. Thanks for the review. Hoping to see you in Galle again
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J.Fig wrote a review Feb 2022
Watsonville, California4 contributions1 helpful vote
We got to meet Shanjei at the end of our two week honeymoon vacation in SL. Our regret: we didn't meet him sooner. An interactive and fun tour of Galle Fort with a great touch of personal stories, culture, and history. Our time with Shanjei flew, as he made the tour fun and completely catered to what we wanted to learn about. 10/10 would recommend to spend a few hours with him, learn, laugh, stroll.
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Date of experience: January 2022
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I'm always here for a laugh and a stroll. Thanks so much for the review. Hoping to see you in Galle again.
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