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Galle Fort walk with a local

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Recognized as one of the few remaining living forts in the world, the 17th century fort in Galle covers nearly 150 acres of land and houses over 400 buildings. Initially built by the Portuguese, the fort was later fortified by the Dutch and then taken over by the British in the 1800s. The entrance of the fort still has the coat of arms of the Dutch owned VOC and the British insignia. Learn about the rich history and culture that the fort is renowned for during this informative walk.

Experience Overview

Start the walk from the new entrance of the Galle Fort and wander along three of the 14 bastions, all with mount canons to protect it from outside invasions. Each bastion has its unique set of characteristics – the moon bastion showcases 19 canons, the largest number in the fort and the Black Fort which was believed to have housed firearms and gun powder. Stroll through cobblestoned pathways and navigate the cafes, hotels and charming old houses owned by generations of Galle families to get an insight in to their lives, culture and history.

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Includes:

Your host

Duration: - Experience - Sri Lanka In Style
Duration:

1.5 - 2hrs

Difficulty: - Experience - Sri Lanka In Style
Difficulty:

Moderate. We rate this experience as moderate because it can get very hot in the fort but your host will do his best to find shady spots.

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

Older children would find the stories on the walk interesting but younger children may find it hard to follow through.

Meeting time: - Experience - Sri Lanka In Style
Meeting time:

8AM or 4PM

Dietary Restrictions: - Experience - Sri Lanka In Style
Dietary Restrictions:

None

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

Light but conservative clothing, sunscreen, a hat and water

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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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