Exploring Galle Fort Sri Lanka

One of the best places to visit in Sri Lanka is the iconic Galle Fort and the Galle Fort Lighthouse. Galle Fort is located in the Bay of Galle on the southwest coast of Sri Lanka and was built in 1588 by the Portuguese. 

It was one of my favourite mornings, visiting the Galle Fort Sri Lanka.

In the 18th century, the Dutch build their headquarters, Galle Fort, on the Sri Lankan coast but in modern times, the old buildings have become a popular area with trendy shops, independent cafes and much more.

Top 10 things to do at Galle Fort

  1. De Groote Kerk
  2. Galle Lighthouse
  3. Old Dutch Hospital 
  4. The Galle Clock Tower
  5. National Maritime Archaeology Museum
  6. Galle Fort – Flag Rock Bastion
  7. All Saints church

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Exploring Galle Fort

Exploring Galle Fort Sri Lanka

Top 10 things to do at Galle Fort

1. De Groote Kerk

The Groote Kerk or Dutch Reformed Church is located within the Galle fort in Galle, Sri Lanka and is situated near the entrance to the fort. The church was built by the Dutch in 1755 and is one of the oldest Protestant churches still in use in the country.

2. Galle Lighthouse

The Galle Lighthouse is an onshore Lighthouse in Galle, Sri Lanka and is operated and maintained by the Sri Lanka Ports Authority.

It is Sri Lanka’s oldest light station and has become synonymous with a ray of hope for Sri Lanka after the fort saved thousands during the Boxing Day tsunami in 2004, which damaged part of coastal area Galle town. 

The lighthouse is strategically located at the southern end of the promontory, built approximately 6 metres (20 ft) above the road level on the ramparts, at what is known as the Point Utrecht Bastion, giving it full view of any ships entering Galle Harbour.

3. Old Dutch Hospital 

The Old Colombo Dutch Hospital is considered to be the oldest building in the Colombo Fort area dating back to the Dutch colonial era in Sri Lanka. It is now a heritage building and a shopping and dining precinct. 

4. The Galle Clock Tower

The Galle Clock Tower is located within the Galle Fort in Galle, Sri Lanka. The Clock Tower is a popular landmark and overlooks the central Moon Bastion, on the site of the former guard room. The clock tower was constructed in 1883, paid for by the people of Galle. The tower is roughly four storeys high and is situated immediately inside the fort ramparts.

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5. National Maritime Archaeology Museum

The National Maritime Museum in Galle, Sri Lanka is situated within Galle Fort. It was first opened to the public on 9 May 1992 and is located in a 1671 Dutch Warehouse above the Old Gate of Galle Fort. 

6. Galle Fort – Flag Rock Bastion

Flag Rock was in the past a Portuguese Bastion and it is located in the southernmost end of the Galle Fort. It is a good place to see the sunset and is a popular place with visitors to look out to the ocean. 

7. All Saints church

All Saints’ Church is an Anglican church located within the Galle fort in Galle, Sri Lanka and is located on Church Road. Consecrated in 1871, the church is in a Victorian Gothic Revival style, in the historical Dutch fortress in Galle.


Best time to visit Galle Fort

We visited in February and it was a lovely time to visit Galle Fort. But anytime between January and April or October – November is best. You will hit the rainy season in the months between May and September.

galle fort sri lanka

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Where to stay in Sri Lanka 

In between planning things to do in Sri Lanka, you will also need to book some accommodation in Sri Lanka. The island is huge, so it’s best to travel around from hotel to hotel during your trip, plan your itinerary first, and then look for hotels close by to those main hot spots.

Best hotel for surfing in Galle: Fairway Sunset Hotel 


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