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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.

Additional information

Nearby Attraction

The most popular nearby attraction

  • Unawatuna Beach (7km)


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.

Best time


  • Year-round

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