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Galle Fort Walk with a Local (Private 2-Hour Tour)

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Galle, Sri Lanka
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Overview

Delve into colonial-era Galle Fort on this private walking tour. Explore the cobbled streets of the 16th-century, UNESCO-protected fort, built by the Portuguese before expansion by the Dutch and British from the 1600s. As your guide charts its history and culture, admire the Dutch-style architecture and former government buildings, walk along the ramparts, visit key museums, and view the famous Galle Lighthouse. A drinks break and entrance fees are included.
  • Explore UNESCO-listed Galle Fort, a colonial-era enclave of cobbled streets, museums, and shops
  • Visit museums to trace the fort’s story through the artifacts and archives
  • Stroll along the ramparts and see the famous Galle Lighthouse
  • Entrance fees and personalized attention from a private guide included
Meet your guide outside Galle Fort and enter the UNESCO-listed colonial-era fortification, arranged like a small town with maze-like cobbled streets of museums, shops, and restaurants.

Your guide has a long family history in Galle, so is well-versed in its history and culture. As you stroll, hear fascinating background on the key landmarks and everyday life in the fort and city.

Originating as a port in 1,400 BC, Galle was captured and fortified by the Portuguese in the 1500s. In the 1600s, the Dutch captured the fort, constructing stone ramparts, a church, storm drains, and additional buildings. The British then arrived in 1796, adding further buildings, and in 1938, the Galle Lighthouse.

Wander the pretty streets and admire the Dutch-era buildings. View the low, gabled houses, original Dutch street names, and churches, government buildings, and monuments. Then, tour the main museums to see artifacts associated with the fort's and Galle harbor's history.

As you explore, break for a Ceylon tea or king coconut milk (both own expense), and stride along the ramparts to Galle Lighthouse, a replica of the beacon first built by the British.

Your tour finishes back at the starting point when your guide departs.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Galle Fort
You will start your tour at the entrance to the Fort, where you will be met by your host at 4:30 pm. Your guide and host is a local who has been a resident of Galle his whole life, along with his ancestors. His masterful knowledge of the town and its history will show you the layers below the colorful beauty of Galle. The natural harbor of Galle was famous as far back as 1400 BC. At that time it was one of the main ports in the world from which cinnamon was exported. The arrival of the Portuguese marked a change in the history of the town. They made Galle their headquarters and destroyed many important monuments which were in the area. The initial earth and palisade fort built by the Portuguese was expanded on by the Dutch, after their takeover of the Portuguese assets in the 17th century. The Dutch Fort was highly advanced with high stone ramparts and many bastions. They also built many other buildings for administration and residency. The Dutch made renovations to the streets and added advancements such as storm water drains. Today much of the Dutch fort still stands, contradicting the ravages of time. The history seeped streets of Galle retain their life and originality. You will be able to climb up to the ramparts of the fort, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and walk through the streets. The delicate filigreed roofs and old street signs with Dutch names add to their character. Your host will also take you on a tour to the museums which have many antiquities relating to the history of Galle and its harbor. Your walking tour will also take you to the Galle lighthouse which was built by the British. Along the way you will take a break with a cup of fine Ceylon Tea or a refreshing drink of King Coconut milk. Your walk will be completed back at the Dutch Fort at 6:00pm. SKU: LK60040100
Duration: 90 Minutes
Admission Ticket Free

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