Being one of the most prominent hotels near Galle Fort, our guests have a golden opportunity to explore one of Sri Lanka’s most recognisable landmarks. The Galle Fort is an icon of the island’s South Coast as well as an enduring reminder of the country’s rich colonial legacy. Named a World Heritage Site, a visit to the Fort is an experience that will stick with you for years to come.
The Galle Fort is often referred to as the Dutch Fort, however, it was the Portuguese that initially built the structure all the way back in during the late 16th century. It was much later that the Dutch would engage their European rival in battle, ultimately dispelling them and taking control of the fort themselves.
As you explore the fort, you’ll come across classic buildings that bear the hallmarks of both Dutch and Portuguese architecture. You’ll also find the National Maritime Museum by the gate of the fort. Here you’ll find a litany of artefacts belonging to the colonial era – from vintage coins to classical firearms. There are plenty of other landmarks to check out here as well including the Dutch Reformed Church and the Great Warehouse. You can also visit the Old Dutch Hospital which has now been repurposed to be a charming shopping precinct.