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Past to present walking tour with a 5th generation fort resident

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Spend a morning or afternoon strolling around the Fort with a 5th generation Fort resident. First built in 1588 by the Portuguese, the Galle Fort was extensively fortified by the Dutch during the 17th century from 1649 onwards. Once a busy port, trading with Greece, China and Arab countries the Galle Fort is a historical, archaeological and architectural heritage monument – a living and breathing UNESCO Heritage site with a colorful history, and a multi-ethnic and multi-religious population.

Experience Overview

Your host is a fifth generation resident of Galle, who has spent much of his growing years learning about the ins and outs of the Galle Fort. A descendant from a family who have been welcoming travelers from all parts of the world to the island, your host has many tales to share about the past as well as the present. A charismatic personality with an eye for photography, he is fluent in all three languages of Sri Lanka, Sinhala, Tamil and English and is keen on helping people connect with the island.

Includes:  - Experience - Sri Lanka In Style

Host, cold towels, water, a vehicle.

Duration:  - Experience - Sri Lanka In Style

1.5 hours

Difficulty:  - Experience - Sri Lanka In Style


Suitable for children:  - Experience - Sri Lanka In Style
Suitable for children:

Yes, your host will customize the walk for children.

Times:  - Experience - Sri Lanka In Style

8-9:30am and 4:30-6pm. The meeting place is always by the jetty.

What to wear or bring along?  - Experience - Sri Lanka In Style
What to wear or bring along?

Cool, light clothing and a camera!

Private or not?  - Experience - Sri Lanka In Style
Private or not?

The excursion is private.

About the Host

Your host’s Moorish ancestors first arrived on the shores of Galle in the mid-17th century in one of the earliest waves of spice traders and gem merchants. Having being based in different parts of the island in the past, he now resides in Galle, exploring news ways to help people connect with Sri Lanka.




Managing Expectations

It is important to remember that, whilst they are experts in their field, the people who run or host our experiences are not necessarily used to working in the tourism industry and may not offer the level of service you would find at a five-star hotel. For example, instead of a formal lecture, you may get a relaxed conversation where open discussion is encouraged. All of our hosts are, however, extremely engaging, knowledgeable and passionate about educating visitors about their chosen subject and we have worked with them to ensure that they deliver worthwhile, fulfilling experiences. We welcome feedback, so please let us know what you thought and if you think any improvements could be made to the experiences we offer.

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