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My Walking Tour Around Galle Fort

On my walking tour around Galle Fort, I was accompanied by Swiss friend I’ve never seen in a long time. We met and started our walking tour at the Clock Tower and ended it there, too. But before we burned calories and hardened our calves, we had our lunch first at the former Dutch Hospital. And we talked everything that happened in our lives since the last time we saw each other.

Galle Fort. It was built by the Portuguese in the 16th century but heavily fortified by the Dutch in the 17th century. UNESCO declared it as a World Heritage Site in 1988 for it shows a unique fusion of local and Dutch architectural traditions – that are still visible until today.

Multi-religious Community. You’d be surprise to know that people of all faiths live inside the fortress. You’ll see a mosque, a church and a temple within distance from each other.

Free Admission. I have been to may forts in my travels and this is the very first one that is open to the public and tourists – for free. Yay!

Walking Tour. You don’t really need a map. Just follow the formidable fortress along the beach   until you come full circle. If you want to know every interesting architecture you see on your walk, then, you better follow Lonely Planet’s Historic Town Walk.

Explore More. After circling the Dutch Fort (its other name), explore the narrow streets inside. You’d be surprise what you’d discover. Though most of the shops here very touristy with tourist prices, it’s worth looking inside. From jewelries to handicrafts – name it – they have it all.

My Walking Tour Around Galle Fort (Sri Lanka).

My Walking Tour Around Galle Fort (Sri Lanka).

How Long is the Walking Tour? Give yourself 2-3 hours. That already include thousands of selfies. 😀

My Walking Tour Around Galle Fort

My friend and I met at the Clock Tower.

My Walking Tour Around Galle Fort (Sri Lanka).

My Walking Tour Around Galle Fort (Sri Lanka).

Then, we had lunch at the Old Dutch Hospital which is converted into a shopping and dining zone. There are many restaurants you can choose from. Grab a table overlooking the seaside.

My Walking Tour Around Galle Fort (Sri Lanka).

My Walking Tour Around Galle Fort (Sri Lanka).

Of course, we ordered really good food that’s super spicy I sweated like Niagara Falls on my forehead. 😀

My Walking Tour Around Galle Fort (Sri Lanka).

My Walking Tour Around Galle Fort (Sri Lanka).

When we’re full, we started our walking tour. The iconic Light House on the fort is seen on every tourism promotion posters of the city.

My Walking Tour Around Galle Fort (Sri Lanka).

My Walking Tour Around Galle Fort (Sri Lanka).

We ambled along the fortification that survived the devastating tsunami in December 2004.

My Walking Tour Around Galle Fort (Sri Lanka).

My Walking Tour Around Galle Fort (Sri Lanka).

From the elevated ramparts, you’ll see part of the city’s skyline.

My Walking Tour Around Galle Fort (Sri Lanka).

My Walking Tour Around Galle Fort (Sri Lanka).

And of course, interesting architecture, too.

My Walking Tour Around Galle Fort (Sri Lanka).

My Walking Tour Around Galle Fort (Sri Lanka).

See this building? This may look like a church but it’s actually a mosque!

My Walking Tour Around Galle Fort (Sri Lanka).

My Walking Tour Around Galle Fort (Sri Lanka).

Despite the heat and narrow streets, you’ll always find a place where serenity resides – like this view below.

My Walking Tour Around Galle Fort (Sri Lanka).

My Walking Tour Around Galle Fort (Sri Lanka).

Don’t miss these statues and pose like this. 😀

My Walking Tour Around Galle / Dutch Fort (Sri lanka).

My Walking Tour Around Galle / Dutch Fort (Sri lanka).

You’ll see locals playing cricket, a national obsession.

My Walking Tour Around Galle / Dutch Fort (Sri lanka).

My Walking Tour Around Galle / Dutch Fort (Sri lanka).

On that day, we witnessed a Buddhist celebration which we had no idea what that was. 🙂

My Walking Tour Around Galle / Dutch Fort (Sri lanka).

My Walking Tour Around Galle / Dutch Fort (Sri lanka).

If you like museums, you’ll find the Maritime Archaeology Museum interesting. We never had the chance to go inside because we’re running out of time and it’s not our thing. 😀

My Walking Tour Around Galle / Dutch Fort (Sri lanka).

My Walking Tour Around Galle / Dutch Fort (Sri lanka).

I skipped the Galle National Museum because Ive read a lot of bad reviews.

My Walking Tour Around Galle / Dutch Fort (Sri lanka).

My Walking Tour Around Galle / Dutch Fort (Sri lanka).

However, we went inside this Church, few steps from the National Museum.

My Walking Tour Around Galle / Dutch Fort (Sri lanka).

My Walking Tour Around Galle / Dutch Fort (Sri lanka).

When we were done, we explored the heart of the fort.

My Walking Tour Around Galle / Dutch Fort (Sri lanka).

My Walking Tour Around Galle / Dutch Fort (Sri lanka).

We went inside some few shops like this one below: Stick No Bills. They’ve got interesting posters of sketches and graphics.

My Walking Tour Around Galle / Dutch Fort (Sri lanka).

My Walking Tour Around Galle / Dutch Fort (Sri lanka).

After a long afternoon, we went back to the Clock Tower where our driver was waiting for us.

WHERE TO STAY IN GALLE

I didn’t stay in Galle but in Weligama, a 20-minute drive from Galle. The town is known for its beaches and surfing excursions. Along the bay, watch out for the fishermen in stilts. You can book your accommodation HERE.

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