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“A gander at Galle”
Review of Galle Fort

Galle Fort
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Private Guided Walking Tour of Galle Fort
Ranked #2 of 56 things to do in Galle
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Owner description: Galle Fort: a journey to the past... See the remnants of a Dutch past at a World Heritage Site. Galle has been the emporium of foreign trade since the dawn of commerce. The Dutch Fort, which has been declared a World Heritage Site, surrounds the older part of the town and is situated on a headland of which three sides overlook the sea. The ramparts of the Fort are over 2.5 Km in circumference and provide a pleasant and interesting walk. The historian Sir Emerson Tennant claimed that Galle was the ancient biblical city of Tarshish. This city is said to have traded with King Solomon, the Persians and the Egyptians. In 1505 a Portuguese fleet led by Lorenzo de Almeida heading for the Maldives drifted accidentally into Galle. It is said that on hearing a cock crowing (cock means "Galo" in Portuguese) they gave the town its name. Another explanation for the name is from the Sinhala name for rock 'Gala', plenty of which are found in the harbour area. When the Portuguese arrived the town was already a thriving trader's port and an entrenched settlement in the lowland territory of the Kandyan Kings. It was however not until 1587 when the Portuguese were able to control Galle. The Dutch then arrived, overthrew the Portuguese and took control of Sri Lanka in 1640. It was the Dutch who had a major impact on Galle and the town still retains its characteristic Dutch architecture, the streets differing little from the times of Dutch occupation. There is Leyn Baan Street (Lijnbaan meaning rope walk in Dutch), Lighthouse Street previously known as Zeeburg Street) and Great and Small Streets Modderbaai meaning mud bay). The Galle Fort built by the Dutch in 1663 was handed over to the British in 1796 'in a state of complete repair' as certified by the officer taking charge. The British did not alter Galle as they concentrated their efforts on Colombo. Therefore the Fort remains a significant monument from the Dutch era.
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“A gander at Galle”
Reviewed October 20, 2013

Strolling the walls of the old fort is a must see, a place to promenade whilst trying to dodge the masses of lace and trinket sellers.

Visited October 2013
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“Arrived in style in a ....”
Reviewed October 20, 2013

tuk tuk, as we stepped out of our our hotel in Hikkaduwa the tuk tuk drivers were eagerly awaiting us. A deal was done & off we went to explore Galle. The drive was novel, a bit scary at times, but exciting too! It took about half an hour, we stopped on the way to look at the river & take photo's of the water monitors & watch the fishermen. Then we stopped at the petrol station & the driver asked us if we had 200 LKR for petrol - CHEEKY, that was his tip gone. He took us to the Fort & waited whilst we had a good look around, the views were beautiful! We were stopped a few times by a man selling clothes & table cloths, he went away without any fuss when he realized that I wasn't buying. It was a nice little trip & well worth the 1000 LKR (under a fiver to go all that way!)

Visited October 2013
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“Charming old world feel, lovely ocean walk”
Reviewed October 18, 2013

We stayed at a villa within the Fort for a few days. The walk around the fort lined with quaint shops and houses mixed with some eclectic and funky cafés and restaurants. A nice way to spend a day or part of the day away from a nearby resort for a change of pace.

Visited October 2013
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“Galle Fort”
Reviewed October 17, 2013

This is a walled fort in the Bay of Galle on the southwest coast of Sri Lanka. The narrow streets are cobbled and many of the buildings date back to the 19th century. There are some nice cafes and restaurants and it is very pleasant just wandering around.

Visited October 2013
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“Nice walk around and shopping”
Reviewed October 17, 2013

Good shopping at the higher end boutiques. Watch out for the cars and busses coming down the narrow inner streets. Enjoy a king coconut while the sun goes down. Aman Galle excellent for lunch, dinner or a drink on the terrace.

Visited October 2013
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