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Old Town of Galle and its Fortifications
Darwin, Australia
2 reviews
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“Galle”
Reviewed August 28, 2013

A long hot walk along the ramparts but very interesting and quite beautiful.
No real shopping centre- so don't expect it

Visited August 2013
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“Steeped in history”
Reviewed August 25, 2013

Galle Fort is well worth a visit. narrow lanes, historical buildings and a pervading sense of quiet and calm make it well worth a slow saunter through it. even better, stay a night or two! after the hustle and bustle of Colombo this is an oasis of calm and sanity, and a new photo opportunity is around every corner.

Visited August 2013
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Corby, United Kingdom
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“Galle Fortress and surrounds”
Reviewed August 23, 2013

Nice to see the Galle fortress, walk the wall and see some of the historic building within its confines

Visited August 2013
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Geelong, Australia
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“Interesting history”
Reviewed August 21, 2013

The old town was built by the Dutch and many of its buildings have been renovated and occupied. The fortifications are in very good conditions and are open for inspection.

Visited August 2013
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Singapore, Singapore
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“Pretty good - watch out for the touts around the wall”
Reviewed August 14, 2013

The town and the fortifications are nice but you can see it in a couple of hours and walk the walls. I think Galle is a day trip at most and not much to see in the 'new' town.

Do watch out for touts around the wall. The Sri Lankan people are wonderful and friendly and want nothing back. The touts destroy this image as they come up with lies to gain your confidence and then lead you to the Dutch market where they then get commission for bringing you in. The trick is that someone will ask you where you're from and what hotel you're staying at. Shortly later, a different person will come and say that they've heard your from New Zealand (for example) and that you're staying at 'their' hotel where they are the cook or a member of staff. You then gain their confidence and they talk with you harmlessly and then want to lead you to the market. This is a trick that has been going on for years as we experienced and explained to us from one of the guards on the wall. Sadly, just don't tell strangers where you're from and especially which hotel in order to avoid this.

At the end of the day, these touts are harmless if not a bit annoying but good to be in the know!

Visited August 2013
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