Galle is a city located on the southwest coast of Sri Lanka. It is approximately 150 km from Colombo airport, making it a great place to visit towards the end of your holiday. Galle Fort was built in the 16th century by Portuguese colonists. Whilst there are plenty of hotels close to Galle Fort, here are some reasons why you should stay inside the fort.
There is a great variety of restaurants inside the Fort ranging from traditional Sri Lankan fare to international cuisine. From fresh seafood to pizzas, there is something for everyone. The prices are very competitive, especially when you compare them to most hotels. A Minute By Tuk Tuk is a favourite of mine. If you like seafood then you have to try Elita.
Enjoy a beautiful sunset over the Indian Ocean from the sea wall of the Fort or a terrace of a restaurant or bar. Some people have said that Galle Fort is one of the best places in the world for a spectacular sunset.
There are plenty of shops inside the Fort, ranging from standard souvenir shops to boutique art galleries and tea shops. It is very easy to spend a relaxed afternoon strolling through the narrow streets. Embark is a shop that donates some of its proceeds to help Sri Lanka’s street dogs and is certainly worth a visit.
If you are searching for the perfect picture then look no further than Galle Lighthouse. This active lighthouse dates back to 1848, despite being rebuilt in 1939. There is also the Sudharmalya Temple. The Old Dutch Hospital, All Saints Church, The Dutch Church, The Clocktower, and the Maritime Museum.
All in Walking Distance
In my opinion, the best reason why you should stay in Galle Fort is that all of the above is within walking distance from your hotel. If you have been travelling around Sri Lanka it is likely that you might enjoy a couple of days without needing to drive anywhere. You will be able to find the points of interest very easily. I didn’t feel the need to have a guide in the fort, however, there are plenty around if you would like to engage there services and learn more. You can, of course, walk around the perimeter of the Fort.