Galle is the fourth largest city in Sri Lanka after Colombo, Kandy and Jaffna and the capital of the Southern Province. A town rich in heritage, Galle was ruled by the Portuguese, the Dutch and the British and has some great colonial style architecture with many of the structures being built in the 18th century. The historic Galle fort is a World Heritage Site and was built by the Dutch in 1663 and later used by the British occupiers as the administrative center.
Present day Galle is home to a large number of expats and very popular with tourists. The Galle Fort area has some wonderfully picturesque lanes, where it is possible to wander for hours- awestruck in the beautiful architecture, almost transported to the times of colonial rule. When you get tired of the wandering, sit down at one of the simple cafes such as the Heritage Cafe to enjoy a lovely meal before you set off again. The streets of Galle Fort are definitely on my list of favourites!
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