12 Hours Culture tour itinerary for Colombo & Galle: Go For This South Coastal City Day Tour
Admire the famous Galle Dutch Fort, one of the most visited tourist attractions in Sri Lanka. It is a seventeenth-century colonial fort made of coral limestone and granite. Maritime Museum and Unawatuna Bay Beach are also on the agenda.
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Get picked up from your hotel in Colombo, and travel to Galle Fort first. The Galle Dutch Fort is a seventeenth-century colonial fort in Sri Lanka. It stands on a rocky promontory facing the Indian Ocean. Rocky shores and an imposing landside rampart defend it on all four directions. It was the Portuguese who chose Galle as a permanent trading post in 1588. Following the siege of Galle (1640), the Dutch ousted them from Southern Sri Lanka. Then the Dutch extensively fortified the fort until 1729. Its present form was mainly conceived under Dutch company rule and hence the name Galle Dutch fort. In its heyday, the fortification also served as the island’s southern commandment of the Dutch East India trading company (VOC). Its sister cities were Colombo, Trincomalee, and Jaffna. The fort defended the main VOC trading port in Sri Lanka. In 1796, it was peacefully handed over to the British who maintained a military presence until 1948.
Proceed to visit the Maritime Museum. The highlight of the National Maritime Museum is its building, which is the seventeenth-century Dutch warehouse. It is a long warehouse, built into the ramparts facing the old port of Galle. The structure has thick walls and solid pillars, which can withstand direct cannon fire. The interior shows some artifacts belonging to Sri Lankan maritime history. The old gate runs through the warehouse. This was the original entrance to the fort of Galle. Both Dutch and British coat of arms can be seen above the entrance. The Dutch coat of arms hovers on the inner side whilst the British coat of arms faces the port side.
Stop for lunch at a local restaurant nearby and proceed to Unawatuna. Unawatuna Bay is a paradise beach. Its circular beach sports panoramic views often blessed with spectacular sunsets. The best time to visit is from November to April. The water temperature never falls below 27°. A string of trendy restaurants and sunbed hotels dot the palm groves bordering the beach.
Be dropped back your hotel where the tour gets completed.
All entrance fees
Hotel pick-up and drop-off
Galle Day Tour from Colombo: Galle is a city on the south coast of Sri Lanka. It is famous for the Galle Dutch Fort plus breathtaking beaches along its coastline. Galle Dutch Fort is one of the most visited tourist attractions in Sri Lanka. It is a seventeenth-century colonial fort made of coral limestone and granite. Thousands of sun worshippers, surfers, scuba divers and holidaymakers travel to Galle in Sri Lanka each year. Galle is a must-visit destination if your tour to Sri Lanka!
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