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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...more
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
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25 Leyn Baan Street, Galle Fort, Galle 80000, Sri Lanka
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+94 77 228 3001
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All reviews walking tour story teller great tour galle fort iced tea holiday highlight fantastic storyteller entertaining tour treasure hunt sri lanka historical knowledge city walk sharing his knowledge lots of fun highly recommend this tour great morning travel agent
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Shanjei is a man with a unique story to tell. Walking in two worlds, his westernized upbringing and traditional family influences combine to bring out a personable and unflinchingly honest storyteller. The 1.5hours you spend with him will feel more like a conversation with a...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Navytravler
Shanjei, Owner at Galle Fort Walks, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hey Bob, How you doing? Thanks for the amazing review and for understanding the crux of the tour. I'm glad I was able to show you my side of town. I'm sure I will see you in the Island again. Till then, ciao.

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I had a lovely walk with Shanjei through the fort. He’s a fun and knowledgeable guy and has lots of stories to tell in a more ‘friendly local’ kind of way as opposed to ‘tour guide fact telling’. I do recommend!

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Mirte S
Shanjei, Owner at Galle Fort Walks, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you Mirte, was a pleasure having you on tour as well.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We enjoyed our tour but With only 48 hours in Galle we were hoping for more on the history of the Fort. We enjoyed being introduced to King Coconuts which was a great touch but expected to walk the ramparts for example. This tour more...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Shanjei, Owner at Galle Fort Walks, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hey Simon, 48 hrs in Galle wont cover it all, just like how 90 minutes with me will not say it all. I believe I also gave you & Jackie the option of History or people & culture, and she chose people and culture which...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Shanjei is a great person to show you the historic Galle Fort. His passion, enthusiasm and humour really brings the city alive. It’s a gentle stroll round the ramparts with regular stops for views, photos and lots of anecdotes. I was on my own but...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Shanjei, Owner at Galle Fort Walks, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you Emma. It was sure a pleasure to meet Mrs. Agnew as well. Thanks for letting me into the life and living with a Ex cricketer and commentator. I've always wondered how the spouses put up with it. See you again. In another test....More

Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

I found Shanjei after reading the many reviews on trip advisor. This is no ordinary tour Shanjei is so passionate and a wealth of information. He took us around Galle Fort sharing his knowledge, we learnt so much but in a friendly way. We especially...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Shanjei, Owner at Galle Fort Walks, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks Claire for the review. What an exciting week it was for both the Lankans and the barmy army. Good cricket and I'm so happy that you guys got to see England win a test match. See you again on the sunny side.

Reviewed November 1, 2018 via mobile

Shanjei’s walking tour of galle fort is a really good experience to learn more about the history and the culture of Sri Lanka. He is catching all attention with this unquie style and makes everyone smile. The tour was very informative , extraordinary and funny!...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Shanjei, Owner at Galle Fort Walks, responded to this reviewResponded November 2, 2018

Hey Sarah, It was a pleasure having you on tour as well. Thanks for the review and hope to you see down south often.

Reviewed November 1, 2018 via mobile

Shanjei provided us with a walk/tour of Galle in September. His tour was engaging, thought-provoking, fun, and very informative! Shanjei has a wealth of knowledge that he is happy to share and we could tell that he is very passionate about what he does. We...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Shanjei, Owner at Galle Fort Walks, responded to this reviewResponded November 1, 2018

Thanks Kate. You know the best part of the tour for me was being able to talk about SUPERTROOPERS with you guys. How many people do u meet everyday who can relate to that? I'm lucky I met you. Hoping to see you again in...More

Reviewed October 30, 2018

Shanjei is too good not to experience his walking tour of Galle Fort. His keen insights into the history of not only Sri Lanka & the Galle Fort but the colonial influences at play, make for a unique adventure. If you have the time, ask...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Shanjei, Owner at Galle Fort Walks, responded to this reviewResponded November 1, 2018

Thanks Scott. I too had an amazing time with you, the lady and Tyler. I'm hoping to see Tyler again in Lanka. He is in touch with me. Hope he shared his Sri Lankan meal with you. It looked awesome from what I saw. hoping...More

Reviewed October 14, 2018 via mobile

Fun, info packed and a proper metal head..I mean, how much more awesome can discovering Galle Fort be! There's never a dull moment and yes, Shanjei is the kinda guy that exists in all those touristy YouTube videos except this time, in real life. Recommended...More

Date of experience: January 2018
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Shanjei, Owner at Galle Fort Walks, responded to this reviewResponded October 16, 2018

Thanks Yasmin. Thank you for also comparing me to all those YouTube travel celebrities. I am but a fool. A jester in this court we call life. See you in the south again.

Reviewed October 12, 2018 via mobile

Shanjei provided us with a most memorable tour of the Galle Fort and surrounds earlier this year. His understanding of the history and culture is immense. However, his unquie style and quirky anecdotes made our time with him extremely pleasant. Highly recommend ! Lovely guy.

Date of experience: July 2018
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Shanjei, Owner at Galle Fort Walks, responded to this reviewResponded October 12, 2018

Thanks for the review Carey. Hope you and the family are doing great. My regards to them and hope to see you in Lanka again.

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Rs13500 for an exclusive tour which includes tea at the end of the tour.
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