Historic Fort is a Fusion of Cultures
We travel to seek experiences to create memories and learn from the people and places we visit. It sounds simple but can sometimes be difficult if we don’t take time to open our minds and look beyond a touristy façade to discern the true nature of a place. Galle Fort is such a destination. Located by the sea in the port city of Galle in southern Sri Lanka, this fortified peninsula is a must see attraction and displays the best and the brightest cultural tourism of this island country.
Galle Fort is a place that will capture the imagination of your travelers. The walls that enclose the fort have kept its inner city intact from years of turmoil and conquest. UNESCO has recognized this site for its well-preserved cultural heritage. In Sri Lanka, Galle Fort represents a fusion of all the influences that have shaped this country. In a way, the walls have also kept the fort insulated from the city outside. The interior of the fort has a unique atmosphere, like a place lost in time.
Muslim gem traders, Portuguese adventurers, savvy Dutch privateers, as well as English colonialists all made the city of Galle their home at some point in history. With cute shops, restored colonial mansions and an up and coming food scene, the city exhibits a hip vibe. The best way to discover the true nature of the city and its historic fort, however, is through the people.
Taking time to sample tea with a gentleman who pours a magical cup, chatting with a passionate local historian, or buying samosas from the smiling lad on a bicycle cart reveals the engaging social diversity of Galle. Meeting the people is a rewarding component of travel and an excellent antidote for travelers weary from the physical demands of touring and getting to know a new place.