Galle Fort is one of Sri Lanka’s most well-known holiday destinations, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with a rich history and alluring present-day culture which is a melting pot of different nationalities and religions, and combines old traditions with modern living. Go on a guided tour of Galle Fort with a dynamic host who was brought up in this unique town – he has many stories to share about its fascinating heritage, from the early traders to colonial invaders, and will introduce you to some of the people who inhabit the Fort today.
Wander through the criss-crossing streets, lined with arty boutiques, restaurants and old buildings which remain from the Dutch and British colonial periods, and observe the stunning heritage architecture and tranquil way of life here whilst listening to tales of the Fort’s past. Your host begins by describing the part the Fort played in connecting Sri Lanka with the early Persian, Greek, Roman and Arab traders, before sharing thrilling legends of historic battles once fought for control of this key seaport. End the walk by meeting some of the locals who live here, perhaps sampling some traditional Sri Lankan cuisine or browsing the gallery of one of the island’s most prominent craftsmen.