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Galle Dutch Fort

Galle Dutch Fort is the main city on Sri Lanka’s southern coast, notable for its Dutch Fort and natural port.

The Galle Dutch Fort Dutch Fort is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that was originally erected in the 16th century by the Portuguese. On foot, the fort is a joy to explore. The fort is surrounded by majestic Dutch and British colonial structures, historic mosques, churches, and elegant residences. Some of these structures have been repaired and transformed into chic cafés, eccentric boutiques, and colonial-style hotels, while others have remained as dwellings.

Galle Dutch Fort was a thriving port, according to Ptolemy’s world map created in 125–150 AD, dealing with Persian, Arab, Greek, and Roman traders until the British transferred the primary port to Colombo City.

Most Sri Lankan travel itineraries include a visit to this historical site.

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Nearby Attractions

The most popular nearby attraction

  • Japanese Peace Pagoda
  • Nichidatsu Fujii, a Japanese Buddhist monk, dedicated his life in 1947 to building Peace Pagodas across the globe as symbols of peace. Over 80 Peace Pagodas have been constructed across the world, including in Europe, Asia, and the United States.
    Distance: 5 Km

  • Stilt Fishermen
  • An age-old fishing technique unique to Sri Lanka. It came into being just after World War II.
    Distance: 15.5 Km

  • Weligama Beach
  • Weligama Bay is a popular destination for both novice and experienced surfers. There are several surf schools along the beach where you may also rent surfboards.
    Distamce: 29 Km

  • Unawatuna Beach
  • The beach is surrounded by a double reef, which reduces the impact of the waves of the Indian Ocean, making it excellent for safe swimming, snorkeling, and scuba diving.
    Distance: 6 Km

  • Mirissa Beach
  • Mirissa has evolved into Sri Lanka’s premier whale-watching location, and it is likely the only area where you may see both blue whales and sperm whales, as well as dolphins, on the same cruise. Whale watching season lasts from November to March.
    Distance: 34 Km

  • Kushtarajagala Historical Temple
  • It is a three-meter-tall statue carved into a massive rock. It is thought to have been carved during the 7th and 9th centuries.

    There are various folk legends related to the monument, including one about a foreign king who had a skin illness and was healed by a local doctor, after which he constructed a statue of himself to be remembered.
    According to the second account, it is a Bodhi Sathwa statue, representing a person yearning to become a Buddha in his future life.
    Distance: 27 Km

  • Hikkaduwa Bech
  • Hikkaduwa is a small coastal town with a beach that stretches for approximately 2 kilometers. The long beach, which is lined with hotels, restaurants, cafes, sun loungers, and parasols, is ideal for strolls.
    Hikkaduwa is a popular beach destination for sunbathing, scuba diving, and surfing. It is one of Sri Lanka’s best-surfing destinations, with jetties, reefs, and beach breaks.
    Again, it is one of the best spots on the island for a picture-perfect scene of sea, sand, and sun.
    Hikkaduwa Marine National Park, one of Sri Lanka’s three marine national parks, is a few minutes boat ride away from the offshore.
    Distance: 19 Km

  • Yatagala Historical Temple
  • The temple was built some 2300 years ago, and one of the branches of the Sri Maha Bodhi Tree, a seedling of the Bo Tree under which Buddha attained Enlightenment, was planted here.
    The temple is situated into a massive boulder rock formation overlooking rice fields and tiny villages. There is a large terrace with a panoramic view of the entire neighborhood.
    Distance: 7 Km


Accommodation (within 10km)

  • Star Classified hotels- Yes
  • International Chain Hotels- Yes
  • Boutique Hotels- Yes
  • Resorts- No
  • Ayurvedic Hotels- Yes
  • Inns/Guest Houses- Yes
  • Hostels- Yes
  • Homestays- Yes
  • Eco Hotels- Yes

* You might still find preferred accommodation in nearby cities.


Distance from

  • CMB Airport- 152km (travel time: 2hrs 20min)
  • Colombo City- 147km (travel time: 2hrs 20min)
  • Sigiriya Rock Fortress- 276km (travel time: 4hrs 40min)
  • Anuradhapura Ancient City- 311km (travel time: 5hrs 15min)
  • Polonnaruwa Ancient City- 323km (travel time: 5hrs 30min)
  • Kandy City- 222km (travel time: 4hrs 10min)
  • Dambulla- 257km (travel time: 4hrs 30min)

* The time and distance are only given to give you an idea. There are stopovers between the two locations. The cities listed above are some of the most popular tourist attractions in Sri Lanka.

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