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Walking tour of the fort with a building archaeologist

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Spend an afternoon discovering the historical, archaeological and architectural heritage monument that is the Galle Fort with Researcher and Building Archeologist. First built in 1589 by the Portuguese, and extensively fortified by the Dutch during the 17th century, Galle Fort has a colorful history, and is recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site today.

Experience Overview

Step back in time with Researcher and a Building Archeologist as he takes you on a memorable afternoon walk around the Galle Fort, among the most immaculately preserved colonial Forts in Sri Lanka, and Asia. With the onset of colonial rule in the Indian Ocean, Sri Lanka was occupied by several major colonial empires that from time-to-time became the dominant power in the Indian ocean. The colonists built several western style forts, mostly in and round the coast of the island. The first to build colonial forts in Sri Lanka were the Portuguese. These forts were captured and later expanded by the Dutch. The British occupied these Dutch forts during the Napoleonic wars. The walk starts on the Ramparts, which date back to the period of Dutch rule. The walk winds its way through ancient quarry’s and past old dungeons. See a working lighthouse and learn about the Fort’s colorful history. See the fortifying and embellishing work of over a 150 years that remains apparent everywhere, with streets of low-slung colonial villas protected by massive coral bastions and the gentle crash of breaking waves just beyond.

Includes:  - Experience - Sri Lanka In Style

Host, water and a vehicle.

Duration:  - Experience - Sri Lanka In Style

2 hours.

Difficulty:  - Experience - Sri Lanka In Style


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

Small children may not follow, but they will love exploring the ramparts

Times:  - Experience - Sri Lanka In Style

Afternoon: 4.00 PM to 5.00 PM. The meeting place is always the Serendipity Arts Café.

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 walk is always private.

About the Host

Your host is a researcher on fortresses and an archaeologist by profession. He completed his MPhil on “Heritage Buildings in Galle Fort” and is currently studying his PhD in Archeology and Heritage Management. Apart from having researched the Galle Fort for over seven years, he’s also an authority on the island’s Forts and fortifications which date back thousands of years.




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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